According to ESG’s research, cybersecurity will drive tech business spending the most in 2023, followed by AI, ML, and cloud. However, the ongoing global talent shortage in cybersecurity has slowed down the industry’s efforts to strengthen cybersecurity, emphasizing the need to address the skills gap. With the tight labor market expected to continue throughout the coming year, what are employers looking for, and what should tech specialists be doing to stay relevant?
Employers are currently setting the pace in the job market for technical careers. So, it’s hard to reply with a specific number to the question ‘how many jobs are available in technology?’. But the panelists are sure that the labor market has morphed from an employer-driven market to a more balanced one where employers won’t compromise on requirements and will take their time in making decisions. Compensation may stop rising and could even drop, predicts VP Delivery Manager at Innovecs, Vladyslav Kopanko. Studies show that it is more expensive to hire than retain employees, as such, we are seeing companies focus on retention. Many are also adjusting their strategies to optimize processes and attract the best talent.
For tech talents aspiring to start a tech career, improving soft skills such as problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills is important. While hard skills and experience are still important, Lesya Arnold, Founder of the A-Players Group, now looks for tech pros with qualities such as intelligence, curiosity, high integrity, high-quality standards, a strong sense of ownership, and a mindset of entrepreneurship. She adds that AI will shape hiring in 2023, and companies will prioritize flexibility in what you can do and how fast you adapt and learn skills. We’ll see more project-based hires this year rather than full-time employees.
In the fast-paced world of tech, cross-functional skills are becoming increasingly important. While being a specialist in a particular area can be valuable, it’s no longer enough; tech professionals must also have a solid understanding of supportive roles and be able to work collaboratively across departments. In fact, being a generalist with a broad range of skills can be a significant advantage in this competitive industry.
President of Talent Stream, Mike Black, suggests that applicants reach out to hiring managers directly to increase their chances. For those starting in the tech industry, he advises getting hands-on experience, even if it means taking a lower salary or working for free. Candidates should focus on jobs that offer a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to build up a portfolio. For those later in their technical career, it may be beneficial to consider jobs that offer valuable experience over a higher salary, as this will be more impressive to future employers.