The modern workplace is changing rapidly, and there’s no denying that. It’s significantly influenced how companies engage, recruit, and train their talent pool and have a direct impact on their business.

So it’s understandable that job seekers want to adopt a comprehensive skill-set that is invaluable to the work they do (and, obviously, to boost their market value). It’s also led many employers to embrace best practices to promote a culture of learning and collaboration that attracts top talent.

But when it comes to the tech industry, the stakes are even higher. With a growing tech talent gap, many recruiters and candidates are at crossroads, striving to keep up with a volatile market.

Here are some key predictions for the 2020 workplace that we feel are notable to tech candidates and recruiters:

Top skills every tech candidates needs to stay relevant

Currently, it’s a candidate market in the tech industry. This means there’s an abundance of jobs but not enough qualified candidates to complete them.

While this gives talent the advantage to pick and choose the most lucrative job options, they still have to prove to employers that they are the most qualified to perform on the job.

These are some of the most in-demand tech skills that candidates should develop in order to boost their marketability:

  • Programming and coding knowledge: If you’re in tech, you need to know at-least one coding language or programming framework. Even though you might not be coding every day, and may not manage any frameworks in your day-to-day role, having a working knowledge is of extreme importance. Some of the most popular coding languages and frameworks include: Java/JavaScript, PHP, ReactJS, Swift, C# and Python.
  • DevOps: The current average salary for a DevOps engineer jumped by 4.8% over the past year, and is expected to rise even higher for 2020. As more companies move towards adopting new software technologies, DevOp engineers are in high demand.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Will robots be taking over our jobs? Not anytime soon. But, AI is playing an integral role in how people apply to jobs, and how they’re selected for interviewing and job placements. Some major trends in the tech recruiting space is the use of AI tools to vet out the best candidates among the application pool, automate time-consuming HR processes, and ease the onboarding process for new employees.
  • Data Visualization: Do you have a sharp eye for numbers? If you like to make sense of chaos and like the thought of sorting, analyzing, and presenting data in a visually appealing manner, then data visualization may be right up your alley.

Although technical skills are extremely important to acquire a competitive job in the tech industry, it’s important to highlight the growing importance of interpersonal skills when it comes to tech hiring. 

Soft skills are some of the most sought-after strengths employers are looking for in future tech hires. Just being good technically doesn’t matter anymore. Companies want to see if candidates they interview will fit well within their company culture, and enhance the overall workplace environment.

Here are some important soft skills tech candidates should work on developing in 2020:

  • Communication: Gone are the days when tech personnel used to be tucked away in their basement offices, barely interacting with other departments and team members. Today, tech staff are required front and centre and widely participate in company-wide and key stakeholder meetings. Hence, it’s important that they rack up their communication skills.
  • Creativity: Curiosity that leads to creative solutions when trying to solve complex, technical problems is a true asset for any tech candidate on the hunt for a job. When you land an interview, your priority should be to display how creative you are at problem solving!
  • Customer Empathy: The ability to understand the end-user is crucial when developing new tech. This is why technical professionals need to have customer empathy, and relate to their pain-points and understand how the product they are developing will help fulfill their needs or wants.
  • Adaptability: This is a no-brainer. The workplace is changing so fast that every member of an organization needs to be able to adapt to changing work environment policies, and setting.

Tech cities job seekers should consider for their next career move

Many cities around the world want to take advantage of the growing tech momentum and attract innovative companies to their region.

While Silicon Valley pioneered the term “tech city” there are a growing number of new cities being added to the list. Here’s a quick preview of the fastest growing tech cities around the world, that are set to offer lucrative career opportunities for people in the IT and tech space:

  • Toronto, Canada
  • Waterloo-Kitchener, Canada
  • Austin, U.S.
  • Beijing, China
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Bangalore, India

The most emerging leader, and hopeful replacement of Silicon Valley seems to be Toronto. The Canadian city is bustling with new talent and hungry job candidates, who are willing to work at lower wages, compared to The Bay area talent pool. Also, lower startup and operational costs seem to be attracting new companies.That’s why we are also seeing tech giants such as Google, Salesforce, and even Microsoft opening up secondary offices in the vastly diverse and growing city.

However, other runner-ups include unconventional cities, Beijing and Warsaw. Factors such as availability of funding and a strong pool of highly specialized talent is what makes these two uniquely positioned to be among the top tech cities in the world. For instance, Beijing was able to round-up one of the highest early-stage funding generated in the world. Warsaw, on the other hand, has slowly built a reputation has having the best research and developers in the world.

Most in-demand tech and IT jobs in 2020

Once you know what cities have the best tech and IT jobs, it’s also important to realize what are the most in-demand jobs. But before we jump into listing the most sought-after jobs in the upcoming year, it’s important to first differentiate between the two: IT vs. tech jobs.

Even though they share much in common, there is a slight difference in both. Tech professionals design and develop products, while IT professionals make sure that the product is working correctly.

IT careers are more about installing, maintaining, and improving computer systems, operating networks, and databases, while tech jobs are more related to software development, software engineering, and machine learning.

However, when it comes to IT and tech jobs, there’s an abundance of available opportunities for those seeking employment in the field. Let’s take a look at the highest-paying, and most in-demand jobs in both sectors.

IT JobsTech Jobs
IT Security SpecialistAWS Specialist
Network Engineer/ArchitectSoftware Engineer
Computer Systems AnalystSoftware Architecht
System AdministratorCloud Engineer
IT Project ManagerDevOps Engineer
Computer User Support SpecialistFull-Stack Developer
Data Engineer/Analyst/Scientist
Machine Learning Engineer
Security Analyst
Database Administrators
Cybersecurity Specialist

The average salary of an IT professional in North America ranges anywhere from $38,756 to $123,119.

Tech professionals, on the other hand, enjoy a more uniform average salary, ranging around the $100,000 mark.

Recruiting trend to look out for in 2020

When it comes to hiring tech talent, recruiters must adopt certain strategies that will attract top candidates to their companies, and develop tactics that help create a unique hiring experience that puts the job seeker first. 

Here are some key recruiting trends that will influence modern hiring processes:

  • Social Recruiting: The use of social channels to advertise, communicate, and establish relationships with potential hires will be key in the upcoming year. As the demographic of the existing workforce changes, and more and more job seekers become internet savvy, recruiters can find benefit from connecting with talent online through social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • Automation: HR has some extremely time-consuming and mundane processes. Thanks to modern tools and softwares, these processes are slowly becoming more automated and streamlined. Recruiters are adopting tools such as Zoho Recruit, BambooHR, and WagePoint to automate their day-to-day tasks and decrease repetition. This allows them to better focus on doing what they do best, finding the best talent that will fit well with their organization and fulfill the role.
  • Independent Contractors: It’s estimated that half of the US workforce will be freelancing by next year. And the rest of the world is likely to follow suit. This means that more and more of the available workforce will be freelancing or working on a contract basis with companies. This is why we’re beginning to see companies offer remote and flexible work options to attract tech talent that prefers to be independent contractors.

2020 is the year for change?

2020 is likely to bring a whole lot of change in the tech space, for both job seekers and recruiters.

Job seekers need to adopt certain skills that will give them greater advantage during the hiring process, and position them among a pool of highly qualified tech candidates.

Recruiters must also make use of tools that will allow them to attract the right talent, and create a positive hiring experience for job seekers.

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