The technology industry is booming and there are plenty of exciting opportunities out there for tech professionals in the UK, offering high earning potential, job satisfaction and security. And since it’s very much a candidate's market in the tech industry, job seekers have the opportunity to find a role that truly ticks all their boxes. In fact, according to a Business Wire survey, over half of tech professionals feel comfortable enough in their skills and current market prospects to change jobs!
This puts tech candidates in a very powerful position, as a record number of employers are now on the lookout for the top tech talent to fill their skills gaps. We reveal the top five most in-demand tech skills for 2023 and a few tips on how to get started in the technology industry - even if you have no experience at all.
Top 5 tech skills employers are looking for in 2023
- Data Storytelling
- Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- User Experience (UX) Design
- Cloud Computing
1. Data Storytelling
According to Forbes, data communication and storytelling will be two key skills to have this year, as an increasing number of jobs will require teams to work with data. But this will mean more than just data handling and interpretation. It includes data collection, preparation, visualisation, analysis and storytelling. Essentially, the focus will be on transforming data into digestible and useful insights to be shared and, most importantly, understood across teams and external parties - be that stakeholders or customers!
This could include additional skills such as producing data reports, designing creative visualisations using tools like Tableau or PowerBI, or delivering engaging presentations.
Cyber attacks and data breaches are on the rise and businesses are beginning to feel the financial impact of this. Especially with many employees now working remotely, using their own internet networks and electronic devices, there is an even greater threat posed to businesses and their data. As a result, many are falling victim to hefty fines, suffering from reputational damage and losing customer trust.
In order to address the issue, businesses are on the lookout for talented cybersecurity experts to join their teams, however, not necessarily just in their IT departments. With the increase in cyber threats becoming a serious matter, businesses will expect each and every employee to be well-versed in cybersecurity risks and best practices, whether that's in the finance, sales or marketing team.
That being said, cybersecurity specialists will still be in high demand to work on larger, more complex projects, such as handling sensitive data, dealing with cloud migrations and protecting a company's IT infrastructure. In fact, it is estimated that an incredible 10 million jobs will be needed in cybersecurity in 2023 alone. So, now’s the time to upskill yourself!
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3. Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In recent years, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become a huge part of our daily lives - whether that’s talking to a human-like chatbot online or asking Alexa to play our favourite song. It is predicted that global spending on AI technology will top $500 billion in 2023, as many businesses look to adopt these technologies, which means an increase in demand for ML and AI experts.
Key essential skills for those who want to work in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence include domain knowledge, programming languages, and predictive and data analysis. Showing no signs of slowing down, updating your skill set and learning more about ML and AI could be a smart move for 2023!
4. User Experience (UX) Design
With the acceleration of digital transformation, technology has become a part of our day-to-day lives, no matter who we are and what we do. As such, it is essential that tech is accessible to all and designed with the user in mind.
UX Designers are responsible for making sure technology is user-friendly - whether that’s reconsidering font size and style to improve a mobile banking app, categorising article themes to help users find what they are looking for on a blog, or adding a favourites function on an e-commerce shop. Without UX Designers, technology would be difficult to use and people would be less likely to buy it. In fact, every $1 invested in UX design brings $100 in return on average, so it’s a no-brainer for many businesses.
Some of the skills required for a UX Designer include conducting market and audience research, creating user personas, designing wireframes and carrying out testing. Although coding knowledge is not essential to the role, a solid understanding of programming languages could give you a competitive edge in the job market!
5. Cloud Computing
Gartner estimates that global cloud spending will reach $591.8 billion in 2023, up by over 20.7% compared to the previous year. And with 82% of businesses considering cloud migration as an essential step in their digital transformation, cloud computing will play a vital role in modernisation and growth for organisations across the world. However, to facilitate this expansion, businesses will need to hire the very finest cloud professionals, who are comfortable with programming languages, such as SQL and Linux, database management, AI and ML and cloud technologies, like AWS, Google, Oracle and Microsoft.
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For more information about how to get started in a tech career, get in touch!