Tuesday, April 16

The war for talent in Spain intensifies: Microsoft opens new vacancies for its R&D hub in Barcelona

The big technology companies continue to look for Spanish talent. After Amazon and Meta announced that they intended to hire 1,300 and 2,000 IT professionals in our countryrespectively, in the coming years, now it is Microsoft that has reported that it has opened new vacancies to complete the workforce of its Barcelona R&D hub.

Those in Redmond are looking for about 60 new short-term and highly qualified employees, specializing in artificial intelligence, machine learning, software development or data science, as reported in a note. The vacancies are already open, although Microsoft has not specified how those interested can apply for it.

Currently, the Microsoft R&D hub in Barcelona has 30 professionals already hired previously, and with the new additions the workforce will reach 90 employees. They will all participate in development of new features and in improving the user’s web experience in products such as Windows or Azure.

Those from Redmond assure that Spain is one of the ten most attractive countries for multinationals to obtain digital talent, and the fourth in Europe (behind the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in number of cloud professionals and developers, which it represents around 10% of all technicians certified in these technologies in the Old Continent.

More firewood to the fight for talent

Microsoft’s recruitment figures are modest compared to those that Amazon or Meta intend to carry out, but the fact that they are for now and that they seek highly qualified profiles adds pressure to a sector already short of senior workforcein which some companies see the continuity of their business in danger due to the difficulty of hiring qualified and experienced workers.

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But multinationals are not the only ones fighting for technological talent in Spain, although they can be the toughest rivals thanks to their enormous economic resources. According to the report ‘State of the labor market in Spain 2021’ by Infojobs, vacancies for ICT professionals increased by 21% in 2021 compared to 2020, reaching a total of 198,891 offers published only on this job platform.

LinkedIn, for its part, has included up to eight tech jobs on their list of the 20 booming jobs of 2022: Site Reliability Engineer (SRE), Cloud Systems Architect, Machine Learning Engineer, Cybersecurity Expert, Application Engineer, Infrastructure Engineer, Back-End Developer, and Data Engineer.

Therefore, the demand for technology professionals continues to grow in Spain, and the vacancies that Microsoft has just opened, few in number but important in qualification, will only deepen the lack of talent at a time of particular scarcity, especially all seniors, although also, and increasingly, juniors.

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