Do We Have What Is Needed to Change Everything?

A Survey of Finnish Software Businesses on Labour Shortage and Its Potential Impacts
  • Sonja M. Hyrynsalmi
  • Minna M. Rantanen
  • Sami HyrynsalmiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 537)


The fourth industrial revolution is expected to bring major changes both in society as well as in the modern industry. Naturally, it will also shake the labour market—however, not only by replacing blue collar duties by robots, but also by renewing the set of skills and competencies needed in new kinds of work duties. In this study, we use a data (n = 160) from a survey to the Finnish software businesses to evaluate how software companies perceive the labour shortage and its implications in the verge of the new industrial revolution. The results show that already now there are signs that the labour shortage might harm the growth and innovations in the ICT field. This study presents the results from the survey and discusses whether there are enough competent resources to support the industrial revolution.


Fourth industrial revolution Skills Competence Software business 



The authors wish to thanks Managing Director Rasmus Roiha and Finnish Software Industry & Entrepreneurs Association for sharing the dataset used in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja M. Hyrynsalmi
    • 1
  • Minna M. Rantanen
    • 2
  • Sami Hyrynsalmi
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Future TechnologiesUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Turku School of EconomicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Tampere University of Technology, Pervasive ComputingPoriFinland

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