While many of the industries around it came to a standstill, the tech industry continued to thrive over the course of the pandemic. Its necessity and relevance were never more apparent. It became startlingly clear that not only did we enjoy tech, but we needed it.

And now as we emerge into a post-pandemic world, the tech industry continues to go from strength to strength.

Of course, the term “the tech sector” is an incredibly broad umbrella. Under it are professionals from many disciplines, each as important as each other to businesses across the UK.

One strand of tech professionals that has always been – and will always be – at the top of any hiring strategy is the engineer or developer.

Here are the five hottest tech engineering roles of 2022 so far.

Software engineer.

The level of demand for software engineers continues to outweigh the supply. Software engineering is at the centre of innovation and is the heart of the growth of the tech sector as a whole.

Their importance can be underlined when we consider just how many touch points these tech professionals have.  Their range spans from the technology they work with, the products they build and the people they impact.

2022 and beyond offer a massive opportunity for developers. Those with fluency in core languages like Java and .net are still very much in demand, but the engineering world is widening.

There has also been an ongoing demand for front-end/UI and UX professionals, as well as those in areas like Python, API, Scala, Kotlin, Go, Ruby, TypeScript, and many more.

DevOps and Site Reliability Engineers.

The DevOps trend continues to boom. As we see a continuing meshing of the development and operations space, organisations are reaping the rewards.

Streamlined, DevOps offers better efficiency, higher quality, and faster, continuous releases.  Connected teams enjoy an engaged and collaborative working environment, which in turn sparks creative thought and innovation.

For those in the DevOps sector, the future looks exciting. Traditional systems and infrastructure opportunities are being blended with a variety of automation, scripting, and core software development work. For DevOps professionals, this makes for an interesting and varied career.

Data and Data Science.

The volume of data in the world continues to grow at an unbelievable rate.  Businesses are working hard to unlock the power of the insight their data can provide. As a result, data engineering is a discipline that’s enjoying considerable demand.  It’s not only the data engineer that’s booming in popularity.

Requirements for other data professionals such as those with a development, science, analytics, or visualisation remit are also surging.

The requirements from our clients are a testament to this. We have had conversations discussing data professionals with a business analytics specialism.

Our clients are looking for people able to focus on understanding their business processes. They want real, actionable insights from their data to enhance organisational performance in a meaningful way.

The evolution of the data realm means that there’s a chance for professionals to specialise. They have the option to delve into technical expertise or opt for a more blended role; one that couples tools and technology with business expertise.

Cloud Infrastructure Engineers.

Digital transformation is high up on the agenda of any forward-thinking business. Future-proofing your organisation lies in being digitally minded and embracing change with open arms.

Cloud infrastructure, cloud database, and specialist cloud software are all technologies and skills that have seen increased demand.

Cloud Engineers offer the foundations for businesses to thrive in the modern world. Their skills have the potential to create businesses fit for the future and so are one of the hottest engineering jobs in the space today.

AI and Machine Learning (ML).

Perhaps more than any other, AI and ML technologies have the potential to create the most impact on our everyday lives.

The ways in which we interact with AI are endless and ongoing, and as such, the demand for AI / ML engineers will be too!

AI and machine learning engineers use machine learning algorithms to build models that allow deep learning neural networks to draw business insights.  These engineers have a natural curiosity and problem-solving ability. Add to that significant academic acumen (most have a foundation in programming, software engineering and data science) and it’s easy to see why these engineering professionals are in such high demand.

Engineering careers not only offer longevity and variety. The ever-moving tide of tech means that it’s a profession that will continue to interest you; there will always be a move to make.

Can we help?

If you are a tech professional looking to make a move as we come to the end of the year, get in touch today. Our tech jobs page is full of opportunities for all these jobs and more.

About the author: As a founder of Ignite Digital Talent, I lead our brilliant team to ensure we deliver time and time again for our clients. I also stay closely networked with industry influencers to ensure we are well placed to understand the issues and challenges our clients face.

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