The 5 Most In-demand IT Skills Right Now
In the first six months of the year, the IT sector was not immune to the (almost universal) decline in jobs but, thankfully, it has seen an increase in the last few months. Though the sector hasn’t returned to pre-lockdown figures, according to TechNation, there has been a 36% rise in tech vacancies over summer. Businesses are increasing investment in software, computer systems and IT talent. With home working widely accepted as a norm, you don’t have to live in a city to score a top tech role – so now is a fantastic time to brush up, retrain or upskill.
Here are my top five most in-demand IT skills:
Businesses that can use data efficiently, to quickly identify potential disruptions and adapt accordingly, will be stronger post lockdown. Having a specialist on board who can process and analyse raw data, and co-ordinate actions based on their findings, is going to be crucial to the success of many businesses. That specialist could be you.
Some businesses assumed that the need for a digital transformation was years away, then COVID-19 swept in and accelerated the timeline. Many companies have gone through or are going to go through a sizable amount of digital transformation in order to remain competitive. Businesses need to be agile and pivot accordingly, or they risk being left behind.
If you have a decent amount of experience in any other programming language, picking up Python is going to be relatively easy. The benefit being that Python is one of the most sought-after high-level programming languages in the world.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
From social apps to smart home devices to actual robots, developments in AI are constantly changing the way that we live and interact with the digital world. AI, AR and VR are relatively new technologies and, therefore, the talent pool for experts is relatively small. Considering a reskill or upskill in this sector will help you stay in the loop with the latest trends and advances in AI technology.
With lockdown encouraging many businesses to invest in their online presence, cybersecurity has become crucial. Investment in cybersecurity has been growing steadily over the years, but more business being processed online means higher stakes/risk of security breaches.
The IT skills gap existed before COVID-19, but the lockdown has highlighted that digitally created problems require digitally enabled solutions. If you specialise in any of the above skills and are looking for a new opportunity – or are interested in upskilling/retraining, then please feel free to give me a call.
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