As companies aim to perform essential business functions remotely both during and in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the pace of digital transformation has accelerated across many sectors. While the catalyst for the speed of change has been COVID-19, however, the longer-term benefits of investing in IT infrastructure are also becoming apparent to many business leaders.
With remote working practices – at least on a part-time basis – likely to remain commonplace for some time, current operational necessity will probably give way to a long-term, technology-led cultural shift which will continue to favour working flexibility and support productivity – to the benefit of managers and workers, alike.
Here are some of the most sought-after technology roles in the current employment market.
With people working from home in recent months and many businesses having to close the doors to their physical premises, reports have revealed that there has been a surge in the numbers of people buying online. What’s more, another report says Coronavirus has driven a 72% rise in the use of FinTech apps. In the coming months, many companies are likely to turn to the online space and digital tools to promote and sell their products to increasingly digitally-savvy clients and customers as purchasing priorities and patterns continue to evolve in the wake of the pandemic.
Right now, talented developers are essential for designing and maintaining software and systems, whether it’s to help companies pivot their offerings to a digital market or simply ensuring their customers are having exceptional digital experiences.
The ability of staff to seamlessly communicate and share data, whether it’s with other team members or across different divisions, has become a top priority for companies. Recently, organisations have come to recognise the value of being remote work ready to their contingency planning as well as understanding the importance of supporting productivity through digital collaboration. As organisations continue to develop their data sharing and communication capabilities, talented network architects/engineers who can create and present plans for improved data communication networks are likely to be in demand in the coming months.
There is likely to be greater activity within company IT departments around developing, implementing, and maintaining new software solutions. Right now, many companies are introducing new and alternative digital products to help fill the gaps created by the impacts of the pandemic while consumers have recently become more aware of the value of digital tools and solutions in recent weeks. Companies are also recognising how intuitive software can improve business operations and processes.
With so much at stake, companies are likely to turn to development leads who can oversee the crucial work of developers while also collaborating with software architects to refine, tweak and solve problems with system architecture on the path to delivering practical and intuitive solutions.
As companies pivot their strategies, many are discovering opportunities to launch new products in alternative markets as well as fine-tune their existing product offerings to meet the needs of a changing market. Onboarding skilled product managers is not only essential for managing the continuous improvement of an existing product portfolio, but also setting the roadmap for new products and ensuring their success.
With a high proportion of employees working from home (a trend that is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future), IT support staff remain integral to minimising disruptions caused by IT issues and helping to onboard new staff members in either fully- or semi-remote environments.
Recruiting adequate numbers of skilled helpdesk staff to support remote teams will therefore be a priority to maintain business continuity and ensure that widespread technology issues don’t impact the bottom line.
Onboarding the right tech skills has always been important for companies looking to gain the competitive edge in an increasingly digitised business environment. But the Coronavirus pandemic is encouraging many organisations to prioritise and roll out their digital strategies faster. Over the coming months, tech skills will continue to be in demand as they’re deemed critical for helping businesses redefine the way they work while responding to changing markets.
Companies are also increasingly attracted to a flexible staffing approach, consisting of a mix of talented permanent IT professionals and project-based IT specialists. This staffing strategy allows organisations to build an agile team that is responsive to changing conditions without compromising on the required institutional knowledge and business-critical skills that will support the company through COVID-19 and beyond.
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