What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing involves loading and retrieving information, data and programs over the internet rather than on a computer's physical hard drive. 

Cloud computing is critical for digital transformation and it is estimated that the digital economy will reach £78 trillion by 2025. Given that business initiatives such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, advanced analytics, blockchain, and servitization are all reliant on the cloud, businesses are starting to recognise how important Cloud Computing skills are for success.

However, there is a lack of skilled cloud professionals because this is a relatively new technology and people are not educated on the changes that are occurring within the Cloud. 

Therefore, employers are willing to go the extra mile for employees with cloud skills when they are recruiting for crucial cloud projects, with 48% of technical leaders saying they would expect to pay more for consultants with relevant cloud certifications.

Which roles are in demand?

According to a Microsoft, the IT job roles and skills that are in demand include:

Business Liaison 

"Move skills up the stack in the decision process. Hone expertise to the business from within IT. Determine whether to focus in-house or off-premise, define options whether the organisation decides to stay on-premise or moves to the cloud."

Data Centre Manager

"Reposition data centre skills toward the hosted data centre. Enhance automation skills. Work in standardised environments and with standardised applications as an option."

Security Specialist

"Help businesses move core business processes and data securely to private, public, or hybrid cloud solutions. Stay abreast of new security models and technologies, such as data protection skills, privacy standards, securing message integrity (encryption, digital signing and malware protection), federated identity management, authentication methods, and auditing."

Software Architect 

"Serve as a link between the organisation’s technical and business staff. Design and build complex distributed systems that exist both outside and inside an enterprise and the cloud. Understand how to design and construct multi-tenant and virtualized systems that can manage thousands of simultaneous users and isolate higher levels of the stack from physical component failures." 

Our Specialist IT Infrastructure Consultant, Adam says:

“It can be somewhat of a catch 22 for candidates at the moment when it comes to Cloud Computing. A lot of people are passionate about learning and upskilling in this area, but since it’s not something their current company are utilising, they can’t get any hands-on experience. If they try to move elsewhere, other companies are looking for hands-on skills with the likes of AWS and Azure and because they don’t have those skills they are stuck. I’d advise anyone who is interested in furthering their career in the Cloud Computing sector to work hard in their spare time on courses and certifications and grab any opportunity for expansion into the sector within their current role by both hands. I’ve certainly seen a huge increase in the number of companies searching for cloud-based infrastructure experience over the last 12 months and I can only see it growing.”

5 Essential Skills for Cloud Computing:

1. Migration

Millions of businesses are still contemplating, or in the process of migrating their on-premise infrastructure.

Look at MCSE: Private Cloud and Specialist: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions certification courses.

2. Security

A 2015 study from BT claims business leaders rate security as ‘the number one concern for cloud computing’.

Check out (ISC)2’s Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential.

3. Database

We are now creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and this will just continue to grow. Therefore, companies are desperate to draw whatever insights they can from it. With this data being hosted on cloud platforms, now is the time to invest in a database querying language such as SQL.

4. Programming Language

If you’re starting out, choosing a programming language like Python or Perl is a good starting point because they are high-level languages, making them easier to learn.


More than 25% of servers powering Azure are Linux based, and with Microsoft continuing to embrace the open-source market, this is only set to grow.

How Can Businesses Fix This Shortage?

The answer is simple, if you can’t find candidates with these elusive skills, then select the right recruitment agency who can. At Reperio Human Capital we have a dedicated IT Infrastructure team. Our specialist recruitment consultants work with exclusive candidates that won’t be found anywhere else on the market. If you would like your organisation to stay at the forefront of technology, give us a call today on 01 571 3000 or email info@reperiohc.com 

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