The pandemic has entirely changed how the business world interacts with its customers and each other.  Both external and internal digital transformation is revolutionising the digital world. Businesses of all shapes and sizes across a myriad of industries were forced to pivot, adapting how they operated to meet the changing tides of commerce.

Inside businesses too we are seeing a shift in requirements. Teams are having to upskill; employers are demanding a greater level of technical proficiency from employees if they are to meet the needs of a rapidly changing businesses landscape.

Of course, these skill requirements are demanding a different type of tech professional in 2022.  Digital enablers are in demand. These roles and the professionals who work within them allow organisations to remain ahead of the game. They are the accelerators of digital change.

2022. What’s new?

In previous years, these “most in-demand jobs” lists have been topped by roles that required more technical knowledge and ability.  This year though, we believe we will see a desire for those professionals who can guide, enable digital transformation, and deliver change.

Of course, businesses will still rely on the technical teams to deliver…developers will always be an in-demand commodity. However, now, it appears that organisations are after those that can scope, plan, and analyse the needs of the space it occupies.

Here are our thoughts on what we may see top the hot jobs list for 2022.

Project Manager.

Project Managers are responsible for the delivery of digital change.  This is a critical role that joins all the dots. It makes sure that the work is done within a defined time scale and to budget. Project Managers are multi-faceted individuals and have many strings to their bow.  They must demonstrate analytical, strategic, and evidence-based decision making, ensuring that these requirements are met through effective communication between all the departments involved.

Java Developer.

.Net Developer.

Developers are always in demand. Of course, as we become more and more embedded in digital, businesses will always rely on those with the technical skills to bring the vision to life. These professionals build the apps and software that the customers and employees are using.

Wondering what developers look for in new opportunities? Read our thoughts here.

Business Analyst.

Data Analyst.

Data Engineer.

Data Scientist.

Businesses are grown through the insight data can bring.  Digital business offers a wealth of information that organisations can leverage to their advantage. There is no business decision that can’t be enhanced through the collection and analysis of data. How businesses market their products and services, through to buying patterns roles are all influenced by the work of this strand of tech professionals.

Do you need advice on how to build the perfect data analytics team? Or do you wish to onboard a data engineer? Read our employer advice here.

DevOps Engineer.

The DevOps methodology has erupted since the start of the pandemic. It is a well and truly established feature in many businesses in 2022.  DevOps is a forward-thinking approach that joins up software development and operations. More streamlined, it enables the faster development of new products and facilitates the easier maintenance of established work.

Digital transformation relies upon speed and efficiency, so it’s not surprising that the pandemic initiated significant investment in this space.

Product Owner.

With digital change becomes a mass of development. Therefore the role of the Product Owner is crucial in a period of digital transformation.  Product Owners act as an accountability force for the development team and look after the needs of the client during the development phase. If the product meets the client’s specifications, the fewer fixes it requires saving everybody time and money.  Two important commodities in a period of digital change.

Security Engineer.

Companies across every sector need cyber security professionals. Digital transformation efforts have resulted in increased risk. Once the software and applications have been built, the data has been extracted and analysed, companies need to ensure that they’re secure.

Not only this. Digital transformation is happening within organisations as well as externally. Vast amounts of companies are creating an automated, cloud-based data-driven workplace; one that supports remote working.  Companies need a swift robust response and recovery strategy to react to any cyberattack, be that on their own systems or the customer data they hold.

More and more regulations related to data, security, and privacy that companies must comply with present themselves every day. Businesses need cyber security professionals not only to ensure that their data and systems are safe from malicious attacks, but that they meet these rigorous regulatory mandates.

Are you a tech, digital professional looking for your next tech job, and want to make this a career-defining role?  Or perhaps you are a business leader wondering what roles you need to help take your digital transformation efforts to the next level?

Here at Ignite, we have helped clients find the talent to undertake exciting digital transformation.  If you want to be part of that journey, we can partner you in your efforts.

So whether you are a candidate looking for your next role, or a business leader wanting to grow your digital team reach out to Ignite Digital Search today!

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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