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The rise of non-traditional IT roles

Posted: 2014-12-22

Confident businesswoman (image: veer.com)Gartner, one of the world's most respected IT research and consultancy company, had some startling announcements to make a few days back. The first was the least shocking: Gartner said that the surge for non-traditional roles in the digital business will be exponential within the next three years. Gartner however bewildered many with the stats that it produced: it predicted that digital business will require 50% less business process workers while the key digital business jobs will rise by a whopping 500% as compared to traditional models. This has several implications, the most basic of which is that a burst of recruiting for non-traditional IT roles will occur not very far into the future. The question is how. So we have listed our top 3 pointers to lead you in the right direction:

Be a step ahead

The powers that be seem to think that the best way to prepare ourselves for this inevitability is to coin the correct method through which to recruit huge volume of people who they will need to hire if they want their company to truly prosper. Predicting what will take off then seems a good way as any.

Apart from data analysts, developers and cloud-based vendor management teams, the skills that are in demand at the moment include performers in the mobile , user experience and data sciences businesses, but of course, there is no doubt that newer roles will continue to be invented at the speed of lightning for some time now at the rate at which technology is evolving. Over the next decade, many suspect that the top jobs will change too to give way to 'digital business architects (whose job it will be to mould the business model and pinpoint the requirement for business technology across the organisation) and risk professionals, apart from technology support specialists.

In the near(er) future, similarly, many foresee candidates with skills in fields such as robotics (which have only about 10 specialised degrees in the UK as of now), ethics, internet of things (IoT) and automated judgement becoming much more sought after and indeed becoming as big a buzzword as IT or MBA was back in the eighties or even the nineties. Granted that robotics is as of now an emerging field, but someday soon the demand of those with the right qualifications will explode, write industry specialists in blood. Ironically, while the much-anticipated robotic revolution is destined to do away with some jobs, studies also hint at the enormous bank of jobs that will be replaced by tech in the next 20 odd years.

Creating new marketing milestones

Gartner also announced that by 2017, nearly one fourth of durable goods e-tailers will use 3D printing. After that, the numbers will also grow, spurred by the market demand of cheap 3D printers and the growing demands of customisation and personalisation. It is also difficult to fathom now but if we are to go by Gartner, the world will seemingly go through a drastic makeover in the next two to three years. Recruiting managers should wake up and smell the coffee—and assess how to fill in the huge gaps which need to be filled in the foreseeable future in terms of skills.

It is also said that mobile commerce industry will swell enormously, leading to a huge demand in highly studied and accurate marketing techniques that are geared towards the digital realm. Furthermore, the focus will shift to support of simultaneous use of devices and wearables in a big way as quickly or even swifter than the speed at which the tablet revolution took over the world. More and more, it's apparent that it's the environment that will need to adapt to the requirements of the individual which will be challenging for IT organisations and headhunters but also equally exciting.

Go with the basics

Along with acquiring some specialised skills like the ones mentioned above, don't ditch the basics. Yes, it is also a good time to arm yourself with the more basic skills that will help earn you an edge over the rest - like arming yourself with a new language - so that when push comes to shove, you can sell yourself better than your competitor, and emerge on top.

Contact me now for more advice on hiring non-traditional bilingual IT specialists