Statistics from a recruiting firm in Vietnam show a projected decrease in the supply of information technology (IT) workers in Vietnam in the coming year.

According to TopDev’s report on the IT market in Vietnam, the country will face an under supply of around 70,000 to 90,000 IT workers in 2020, despite better compensation packages being offered, Viet Nam News reported.

In the past five years, startups in Vietnam have begun developing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. This has driven up demand for AI engineers. Despite rising salaries on offer to such personnel, companies have stated that they are unable to find suitable candidates.

Statistics from the TopDev report showed that up to 58% of employers sought job applicants through referrals and only 51% recruited from official channels.

Experts in the Vietnamese IT field have said that schools need to be working with firms in order to keep up with the rapid changes in both the business and technological environments. An expansion in the provision of training programs for aspiring IT workers is seen by some as the most feasible option for generating more qualified staff to meet the growing demand for specialist workers.