Software experts are particularly in demand, Bitkom says (Photo: Petra Bork/

Germany's shortage of IT professionals is growing, as Europe's largest economy continues to digitalize its industrial base.

Companies are looking for 43,000 IT specialists, up 5 pc from a year earlier, according to a study by Bitkom, Germany's high-tech industry association.

Out of the total, 17,500 open positions are in the IT and telecommunications sectors, while 25,500 are in companies that are users of IT.

Bitkom President Thorsten Dirks warned that the skills shortage hurts the country's economy. "Every open position means a lost opportunity to create value and a loss of innovation in Germany," he said in a press release.

Software experts are particularly in demand, Bitkom said, with 64 pc of companies polled saying they need this kind of expertise.