What skills do IT professionals need to help them weather tech disruption in the workplace?

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SwissCognitiveOur approach to work has changed dramatically in recent years with more people working remotely or flexibly , the rise of the gig economy and digital nomads who want greater variety in their careers as well as a better work-life balance. Change that continues apace.

“Every day in recruitment we see working culture evolve. This has been especially notable with the influx of gig economy roles and the so-called ‘slashies’, who work multiple roles,” says Chris Adcock, managing director of recruitment firm Reed Technology.

“There was once a time when employees had a ‘job for life’. That’s over and we’re now living in a time when a ‘career for life’ may start to disappear too… many candidates are looking to futureproof their careers, making sure they remain indispensable by upskilling or side-stepping into a new industry.”

Industries are moving and evolving at speed, spurred on by technical advances that are expected to make some jobs disappear, while creating new roles we can’t yet envision. Artificial intelligence (AI) is already changing the landscape – according to Harvey Nash and KPMG’s latest CIO Survey , AI and automation is up 17% as a boardroom priority and many roles, both within and outside the IT department, are feeling the effects. But this isn’t a case of “machines stealing our jobs”, it’s simply part of a bigger evolution that is seeing changes in the way we work and the skills we use.

The technology sector is in a state of constant flux, something that is demonstrated by the evolution of IT roles in recent years and the growing influence of digitalisation across businesses. As a result, the number and type of jobs that will involve technology in the future are expected to expand as more organisations carry out projects like digital transformation.

Future jobs

“Experts predict that by 2025 around two million new roles will be created around workplace AI,” notes Sam Hassani, Chief Technology Officer at Unily, which recently published a report titled Future of the Workplace 2030+ in partnership with trend forecaster Kjaer Global. “[All] workers will have to become more comfortable and fluent with advanced technologies becoming a part of their everyday roles.”

Some of these technologies, such as robotics, AI and machine learning, are rewriting the roles of work and skills. While, they may be making some current positions obsolete, they’re also creating new workplace needs.

“Some roles will go as IT automates itself, but at the same time many new roles will be created,” says Albert Ellis, CEO of tech recruiter Harvey Nash. “What we’re seeing at the moment in the market is a particular demand for change managers, project management-based roles focused on automating manual or labour-based processes. […]

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