80 percent of technology workers cobra between 80,000 and 250,000 pesos per month. Most are men between the ages of 25 and 40 who work in the interior of the country. Due to a shortage of profiles, every year between 5,000 and 10,000 unfilled positions in IT companies. The sector applauds the Argentina Program initiative launched by the national government to train young people and facilitate job placement in the software industry.
The data disseminated by the Chamber of Software and Information Services Companies (CESSI) characterize employment in this sector as formal, quality, inclusive and federal. It is that they charge up to three times more than the average compensation of workers, and the most specialized and experienced profiles are even better paid.
What’s more, 64 percent of the collaborators have between 25 and 40 years and almost half of them, 45 percent, carry out the work from the interior of the country, which gives a federal perspective to the job offer. 65 percent of workers have completed, incomplete or ongoing university studies.
Just 30 percent of jobs in the industry are women. However, the Chamber highlights that in the last 15 years female participation has doubled and they project that by 2024 the workforce of women will represent 40 percent of the total industry.
The Chamber assures that today it generates 120,000 jobs and projects that demand will rise to 500,000 in 2030. The most wanted profiles are programmers for test automation, mobile app designers, specialists in machine learning and in robotization in general, among other specific positions.
One of the problems that most worries companies in the sector is the “talent shortage” given the labor demand. Of the 15,000 positions that are left unfilled each year in industries, almost 10,000 are in the IT sector. For this reason, CESSI carries out a special section for the “Argentina Program”, a free training plan for programmers and programmers developed together with the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation.
The program, which is now in its second edition, has 431,220 registered in 2021 and they hope that this number will continue to grow until next October 8, when registrations for this stage close.
The plan trains young people to facilitate the incorporation of human resources in the software industry and related sectors. The training is in two stages: a free and virtual 2-month course on introduction to programming plus a mixed-mode course for 6 months with specific content according to the most demanded profiles. The two stages are jointly certified by the Ministry of Productive Development and CESSI. In 2020 there were 157,000 registrants of which 65,000 passed the initial exam.
In addition, the initiative includes subsidies of up to 100,000 pesos to buy computers and meet the costs of connectivity and transportation. To access the subsidy, you must be enrolled in the second module of the program, declare that you do not have sufficient resources to acquire a computer and comply with any of the following working conditions: not having a formal job in a dependency relationship, being a monotributista of categories A or B and do not have an income from a dependency relationship or have a registered job, but receive a salary of less than two times the minimum wage.
The knowledge economy It is the third largest export complex and, unlike most sectors of the economy, has full employment and even a shortage of programmers to fill positions that are being created exponentially. The sector meets all the requirements to contribute to the growth of the economy: it is intensive in a type of well-paid work because it requires a medium or high level of qualification, it produces tradable and competitive services for the global market, and it contributes to the increase of the productivity in the rest of the economy thanks to the very nature of the activity: generating and disseminating knowledge to make other types of economic activities more efficient.