To round up 2018 and to set the scene for 2019, our tech recruitment team sum up their year within the sector, and share what they see ahead for the coming year. Here, some insights from our pretty insightful bunch…
What are the top 3 skills / traits that are most in demand from clients seeking the best tech talent?
From a technical point of view our most common requirements have heavily featured React, Node, Angular, PHP, Laravel, AWS, Java, .Net and Python.
I think we’d say the 3 main attributes are:
- Adaptability – a polyglot developer, able to pick up a wide range of tech as required without getting too attached to a specific language.
- Passion – a genuine interest and drive to learn, maybe a contributor to open source communities or tech meetups, a hunger to consume new tech.
- Communication – a team player, able to help others (technical and non-technical), able to work well with clients if needed and not afraid to ask for help.
In terms of innovation, how did you see tech jobs evolve during 2018 and what are your predictions for the coming year?
As 2018 unfolded, we saw a real resurgence in Java and Python based opportunities. In addition, we saw a spike in DevOps vacancies (mix of AWS, Azure and GCP) as well as functional programming (including Scala, Clojure and Elixir). Remote and more flexible working certainly became more common as many of our clients sought to improve diversity in their workplaces.
In 2019, we suspect that we’re likely to see the continued rise of Golang, AR, VR, IoT, Scala, Data Science, React Native and Kotlin amongst others. As the skills shortage increases, we’re hoping that businesses will be more proactive in training/developing young talent and career-changers to plug the gap. Many of our clients have trialed remote working, 9 day working fortnights and unlimited holiday offerings to get ahead of the competition in securing top talent.
What are your tips for candidates to ensure that their knowledge remains top-notch for 2019 in the technology industry?
The South-West has the highest number of tech meetups outside of London, so there’s no shortage in excellent local events, hacks and tech talks to choose from to keep your knowledge current and share ideas with others. There are a ton of great tech sites to check in on too, we like TechWorld, TechCrunch, The Verge, Reddit and TechRadar. StackOverflow and Github are two of many communities where you can always get help on technical problems and there’s a whole host of online training sites/forums such as CodeAcademy, Udemy, Lynda.com and others.
What would you say are some common misconceptions about working in the tech industry and how can we ensure that people are correctly informed?
There’s a few actually. Firstly that everyone in tech is uncomfortably nerdy! That’s definitely not what we find. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert you can always find a good home as long as you love what you do.
It’s not a misconception to say that there’s a diversity problem within the industry but it’s fair to say that more businesses are now addressing this and funding initiatives to make a positive change. We’ve had a busy year running workshops, CV surgeries and talking at events on the issue, doing our best to educate clients and advise as to how to be more open and attractive as an employer.
It’s quite common to dismiss an opportunity if the sector/market of the company doesn’t look wildly exciting from the outside. Many blue-chip, software houses and corporate firms are surprising candidates with their innovative use of cutting-edge tech; it’s always good to keep an open mind and get in to see what they have to offer.
Here at ADLIB we’re regularly called on to provide our clients and candidates with market knowledge and insights that have been drawn from more than 16 years’ experience of working within the digital, creative, marketing, tech and eCommerce sectors. And whilst we like to think we’ve a pretty good handle on things out there, we also know how important it is to stay current and get close to a world full of market adaptations and influences. So we’ve committed to creating a series of sector specific salary, engagement and benefit surveys and tools, ADLIB Resources, that we will be publishing on a regular basis. Beyond this we’ll also be looking at key industry influences and why people are flocking to the West, amongst much more.
We’ve collated the data for our surveys via direct respondents of online surveys, combined with ADLIB’s extensive internal data and knowledge gained from the creative, technology, marketing and digital sectors.
Whether you are an employer, an employee, a business considering opening operations in the South West or you are simply reading with interest, we hope you enjoy.
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And here some tools that could come in handy also…
Blending our internal data and knowledge, we’ve created an informative guide to Data, Insight and Analytics employment that contains accurate day rate benchmarks for contractors here in the South West.
Given that we speak with so many data-centralised professionals on a daily basis, we’ve created a rough guide that should help contractors across a range of levels to figure out the right day rate bracket for them.
Here, you can download our Data, Insight and Analytics Day Rate Guide for the South West.
Whether you are an employer, an employee, a business considering setting up a data function, you are growing your team, or are simply reading with interest – we hope you find the insights useful.