Talent and Bootcamps
We unpack the impact of the bootcamp market in Spain


The emergence of bootcamps in academia dates back just 15 years. Nowadays, New York and San Francisco top the table as the cities with the highest number of bootcamps
in the US. In 2019, bootcamps recorded an annual turnover growth rate standing at 4.81% and an increase in their number of graduates coming to 4.38%. Google, Microsoft and Amazon were the main recruiters of bootcamp graduates.

Bootcamps are short, non-formal training programmes which transfer the military concept of intensive training to technological skills and aim for quick employability. These courses are addressed to people who are looking to redirect their professional career towards the digital field (reskilling) and also to technologists seeking to learn additional skills (upskilling). As a result they do not compete with but rather add to existing technological training options such as qualifications in Engineering, Master’s degrees and Vocational Training in ICT, all of which last longer and have a wider range of content.

The vast majority of bootcamps in Spain have only recently been set up. Indeed, 86% of them have been founded in the last five years. There are currently 35 schools running bootcamps in Spain and 74% of the courses on offer are in Barcelona (41%) and Madrid (33%), followed by Bilbao (7.1%) and Seville (4.8%). This report is the first study to drill down into the bootcamps operating in the Spanish market and seeks to understand their context, size and current impact on digital talent.
"Bootcamps are a very appealing option since they enable students to gain the technological and digital skills which are crucial nowadays in a short period of time and in a practical and applied way. We believe that at the very least they will be around for a long time in the market given the high demand for the skills which are taught in these schools."
Susana Barrios, Recruitment Manager at CaixaBank
Most in-demand digital knowledge areas in bootcamps