The technology industry is flourishing at an unprecedented speed. An increase in the job posting in the first quarter of 2020 showed strong demand for tech jobs as compared to the same time last year. Although the initial April data depicts a slight slump, additional monitoring will be needed to understand the implications of the pandemic on the overall tech job industry as the hiring volume fluctuates.
Yet, certain positions are drawing keen interest from recruiters. For the in-depth analysis, it is imperative to dig deeper into the evolved tech requirements. Rapid digital transition and teleworking policies have increased our dependence on technology. Here’s how the trends in tech hiring will unfurl in the year 2021:
Remote Working is here to stay
The work from home (WFH) culture, with some modifications, may become the New Normal. Going forward, we might see a new hybrid working model taking over industries due to its cost-effectiveness for the workplace and workforce alike. Businesses need the IT fraternity to tide over the cybersecurity challenges that are the by-products of digitalization. As companies grapple with security breaches and data theft, their attention is shifting from digital transition to securing end-points at clouds/premises/devices.
Due to this very reason, employment opportunities for cybersecurity engineers have grown since the lockdown was imposed – so says the data collected and analysed through millions of job postings pan India. It underlines how employers must defend their networks at a time of dispersed workforces, where all cybercriminals are waiting for is just one slip up.
An upswing in DevOps jobs indicates that organisations intend to keep their tech infrastructure updated and reliable under the current landscape. More companies may look out for cloud engineers to develop and secure existing cloud infrastructure, including eCommerce platforms that require highly skilled professionals to maintain and update.
The demand for DOTNet developers and System Engineers increased by 12% and 11% respectively in 2020. It shows how companies are moving more into the mobile space, as these technologies are connected to mobility and digitization. Candidates specializing in DOTNet may find themselves building and maintaining apps for security, user interfaces, and so on, which will expose them to improve job opportunities, as companies rethink their current tech stack needs to survive and evolve.
A Job-ready workforce
Similarly, the need for readily deployable talent has risen. Organisations are actively searching for candidates that can work independently, with minimal introductory support as traditional onboarding processes seem a little difficult amidst the present teleworking conditions. Experiential learning programmes and live-projects that hone problem-solving skills may go a long way in creating a ready-to-deploy workforce.
Some data says that over two million job roles could emerge in specialized areas such as computing, engineering, mathematics, etc where the job roles will require a different skill set. Exploring such opportunities needs a revolutionary training environment that follows personalized learning modules rather than a one-size-fits-all strategy. Candidates seeking such jobs will have to go a step ahead and acquire a robust skill set to be a domain expert rather than confining themselves to just formal education.
Placement guarantee through skilling platforms
Outcome-based models may play a vital role in bridging the tech skill deficit and suffice for the high demand for the IT workforce. Income Sharing Agreement (ISA) will gain more popularity as they provide an opportunity to pursue training without having to worry about the course fee initially. EMI- and CTC-based payment systems can help candidates focus solely on getting themselves trained while shifting the burden of securing a job on the training/upskilling platform to get a return on investment.
Companies are scrambling to adjust and continue their game plan as per the evolving digital landscape. For this, they need the best talent to either fill in crucial tech positions or handle existing profiles effectively. It means more jobs, be it data- or cybersecurity-oriented. The prospects are thus bright for those entering the tech landscape, as digital systems evolve and birth newer technologies, creating more opportunities on the go.
The author, Narayan Mahadevan, is Founder of BridgeLabz.
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