The labor demand for the Information Technology (IT) sector skyrocketed in Uruguay, moving away from the general behavior of job offers, which fell almost 6% in the first four months compared to 2022.
The latest monthly Labor Monitor from the consultancy Advice highlighted a considerable increase for specialists in Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences. At the same time, it focuses on the increase in offers for specialized IT employees, which went from 9% to 16% in the last four years.
Advice believes that the arrival of ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence platforms are generating a true revolution in the way institutions and companies work, and the labor demand in Uruguay reflects this. According to the monitor, between 2019 and 2023, between Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), the area of Data Science and Analysis went from fifth to second position in demand, after the area of Programming and Software Engineering. .
Advice’s previous job monitor, from April, pointed out that the positions in the technology area are the most difficult to fill, specifically those of Programmer, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer and Database Administrator. According to the consultant, in highly qualified jobs that are difficult to fill, there are few suitable workers who are unemployed, so competition is intense, global, and for this reason it is difficult to fill the positions.
The Uruguayan Chamber of Information Technologies (CUTI) estimated 3,000 positions to be filled due to the shortage of national labor in the sector. However, Uruguay leads the ranking in the region in the number of people with IT skills, knowledge of artificial intelligence and languages, according to a report by the CUTI and Microsoft IT Observatory.
The country has 21,846 people who have at least one skill in the IT area, 16% more than in 2021. In fact, 64 out of every 10,000 inhabitants have these skills. This makes it a regional leader, although it still has a ways to go to catch up with the United States, where 187 out of 10,000 have IT skills.