The tech positions in demand in the Coronavirus employment market

By Robert Half on 6 July 2020

As companies aim to perform essential business functions remotely both during and in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the pace of digital transformation has accelerated across many sectors. While the catalyst for the speed of change has been COVID-19, however, the longer-term benefits of investing in IT infrastructure are also becoming apparent to many business leaders.

With remote working practices – at least on a part-time basis – likely to remain commonplace for some time, current operational necessity will probably give way to a long-term, technology-led cultural shift which will continue to favour working flexibility and support productivity – to the benefit of managers and workers, alike.

Here are some of the most sought-after technology roles in the current employment market.

Information Security

A significant number of companies today - especially those in professional services - are responsible for managing high volumes of sensitive customer and client information. With large numbers of staff members remotely accessing and dealing with information, however, information security professionals are critical for ensuring that companies maintain safe and secure working practices as we continue into the “new normal”.

According to this recent analysis by the World Economic Forum (WEF), cyber-attacks and data fraud owing to the abrupt adoption of new working patterns are considered the most likely technological risks of COVID-19 for organisations across the globe, cited by almost one-in-four (38%) of top risk professionals.

Roles focussing on information security are also invaluable to companies as they explore ways of making remote work more efficient and convenient, such as developing protocols for allowing staff to use personal devices for work.

IT Risk and Compliance

While many companies have been rolling out digital transformation initiatives for some time now, events over the past few months have encouraged businesses to advance their digital capabilities much more quickly. Consequently, companies are having to onboard more IT risk and compliance professionals who can manage governance issues and increasing risks associated with activities taking place in their IT environment. For example, expanding IT risk and compliance responsibilities within organisations might include ensuring regulatory and industry compliance around handling information, carrying out risk assessments and audits of IT infrastructure, and developing new IT policies and procedures.

Cloud and Network Security

With agility being widely recognised as crucial to survival in the face of unforeseen forces, organisations across many industries are exploring ways in which cloud technology can offer practical benefits across the workforces as well as deliver cost savings. At the same time as realising the benefits, however, businesses understand the need to mitigate the security risks – usually associated with how sensitive information is stored and processed in the cloud. Experts with cloud and network security skills are being sought after to help leaders make informed cloud choices, carry out risk assessments, ensure the protection of data and handle security breaches.

Software Engineer

Right now, many companies are introducing new and alternative digital products to help fill the gaps created by the impacts of the pandemic. What’s more, while consumers have increased their awareness of the value of digital tools and solutions in recent months, companies also recognise – now more than ever - how intuitive software internally can improve business operations.

As an increasingly critical business function, companies are likely to onboard more software engineers who can leverage their knowledge of computer science, analysis, and programming to create software that meets the needs of business and the expectations of today’s consumers.

DevOps Engineer

In the current environment, companies are aiming to roll out new software and software updates faster than ever before, which is placing more emphasis on the crucial role of DevOps engineers. With the primary responsibility of maximising collaboration between software development and IT operations, onboarding experienced DevOps engineers is likely to be key to bridging the gap between development and deployment which enhances agility and ensures new and updated products can be released quickly and efficiently with minimal issues.

Onboarding the right tech skills has always been important for companies looking to gain the competitive edge in an increasingly digitised business environment. But the Coronavirus pandemic is encouraging many organisations to prioritise and roll out their digital strategies faster. Over the coming months, tech skills will continue to be in demand as they’re deemed critical for helping businesses redefine the way they work while responding to changing markets.

Companies are also increasingly attracted to a flexible staffing approach, consisting of a mix of talented permanent IT professionals and project-based IT specialists. This staffing strategy allows organisations to build an agile team that is responsive to changing conditions without compromising on the required institutional knowledge and business-critical skills that will support the company through COVID-19 and beyond.

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