Wouldn’t it be amazing if technology hiring managers could see the future?
If only they knew in advance what skill sets their business would require and when, they could be more strategic in their search for talent — and gain an edge on the competition. They’d have more opportunity to ensure that existing technology staff are better equipped to meet evolving business demands. They’d also be able to avoid costly bad hires.
No one can predict the future with complete confidence, of course. But emerging tech innovations, from 3D printing to artificial intelligence (AI), and the digital transformation efforts now underway at companies across industries provide strong clues as to what we can expect from the workplace within the next decade — and how digital staffing needs will evolve.
With help from outside experts, including futurists, our company has done some crystal ball-gazing to help develop that picture. The insights we’ve gleaned from our research suggest that within just a few years, our work environments will be more dynamic, connected, open, intuitive, immersive, project-based and, of course, more digital. And IT pros are the specialists and visionaries who will enable these digital workplaces.
We present and discuss the findings from our research in Workplace 2025: How the Pursuit of Digital Transformation is Changing the How, When and Where of Work. This free white paper from Robert Half Technology explores topics such as:
- The gig economy and digital transformation: Many businesses are already embracing flexible staffing models, so they can engage specialized IT professionals for as long as needed on a project. As we move toward 2025, employers will likely need to rely even more on so-called “gig workers” due to changing workforce demographics, growing reliance on applications, and more.
- The rise of the Agile workforce: To fuel their digital transformation efforts and other business projects, more companies are applying the Agile methodology or similar work processes to initiatives beyond the software development life cycle. That trend is already driving demand for IT professionals who understand Agile practices and can work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
- The immersive workplace: The experts we interviewed for our white paper see the workplace of 2025 as an environment where technology is a “quiet helper” that can automatically and intuitively provide or guide you to what you need to do your work. Wearables and virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are just some of the technologies that they expect will transform the work experience in the coming years.
What’s your staffing strategy for 2025?
2025 is only seven years away. That’s not far off, although in the context of technology innovation and change, it can seem like a lifetime. It’s no wonder then that many employers lack a clear and viable strategy for staffing their future digital transformation efforts and other digital initiatives.
Another reason many companies don’t plan too far ahead with their IT staffing is that they are already struggling to hire qualified tech talent to meet their needs today. Twenty-one per cent of Canadian of chief information officers (CIOs) recently surveyed by Robert Half Technology said it somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT workers available for hire.
Regardless of current market dynamics or future uncertainty, tech hiring managers, and IT leaders, should start thinking now about the skills and knowledge their organization might require in the not-so-distant future. It’s never too soon to start building a pipeline of qualified tech professionals you might someday have an opportunity to hire, or to develop and train your current IT staff so they’ll be ready to meet new challenges. (The latter is also an important retention strategy for keeping top tech talent.)
As for the types of roles businesses might need to fill in the future, Workplace 2025: How the Pursuit of Digital Transformation is Changing the How, When and Where of Work, sheds some light. Below are just a few examples, based on our research and other expert analysis. Some of these titles are familiar — but keep in mind that their duties will soon evolve:
If you think these professionals are hard to find today, just wait until 2025. As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, and as more devices and sensors become interconnected, the volume of data — including data generated by and collected from users and machines — is only going to expand. To help manage it, make sense of it and derive value from it, businesses will need skilled statisticians who can work with large data sets.
The current midpoint salary for a data analyst in Canada is $62,500 according to our latest Salary Guide.
IoT and cloud security specialist
As companies move fully to the cloud and adopt IoT technologies, they will need experts who can help them define security strategies, set policies for and help to implement IoT, cloud and mobility initiatives. IoT and cloud security specialists will need to work closely with IT and business leaders to ensure that solutions meet security and compliance requirements, as well as support digital objectives around the IoT and the cloud.
This emerging role is not yet tracked in our salary guide. However, other positions listed in this publication offer insight as to what level of compensation these professionals might earn at Canadian companies: information systems security manager (midpoint salary for 2018: $115,000) and data security analyst (midpoint salary for 2018: $17,500).
Front-end web developer
Many businesses, as part of their digital transformation efforts, are or will be updating or building front-facing digital assets, such as websites, with responsive design so that they look elegant and provide a positive experience for users across all devices. That work requires front-end web developers who are skilled at responsive web development, HTML5, CSS3, AngularJS and jQuery, and Angular programming.
Experts say these professionals will also need deep expertise in front-end web and mobile technologies — and more. In 2018, skilled front-end web developers in Canada can expect to earn a midpoint salary of $75,000.
Learn more about the workplace of the future — today
Want more expert insights on how the workplace, and workplace technologies, will evolve over the next several years? Want to better understand what type of IT talent businesses will be clamoring to recruit and retain, so you can get a head start on building your future tech team? Get your free copy of our white paper, Workplace 2025: How the Pursuit of Digital Transformation is Changing the How, When and Where of Work, today.