Over the last few months, how we work has completely changed. For example, at the start of 2020, had you told me that the majority of the workforce would be working from home, I would’ve said, “yeah, sure, and pigs will fly”. However, here we are. With this massive culture shock, the whole labour landscape has changed, and digital skills are more critical than ever. There is a demand growth for software developers.
A few weeks ago, we spoke about how automation has accelerated due to the impact of COVID-19. Because so many businesses had to close their doors, causing mass unemployment, those companies are now looking to future proof, and this is where automation comes in. Businesses in industries like retail, automotive, hospitality, aviation, construction, and more, are now looking at their automation options, to ensure they will never have to shut their doors again.
No, I don’t think that this indicates that the robots are going to take over all of our roles. However, automation will become more common, and with that, many existing roles will change. With automation comes many opportunities though. For example, who builds that automation? Who manages it? What if that automation process needs to change or advance, who will write the new rules?
Right now, businesses are starting to rehire, and anecdotal evidence is showing that the demand for software developers, which was huge before COVID-19, has grown substantially. The media, recruiters, and more are stating that the demand is very visual.
Demand growth for software developers
In a recent article, the BBC reported a 15.5% increase in demand for software developers in the UK. The same report quotes Tech UK’s deputy chief executive, Anthony Walker, saying that “We’ve seen two years of digital transformation happening in the space of two weeks”. The Beeb also quotes Roina Hadi, Head of Talent at health tech company iPLATO. She says that up to 60% of candidates are not suitable for the jobs they are applying for and that people are “seemingly applying for any role.” Because these people don’t have the right skills, it is harder for her to find the right candidates.
The BBC then goes on to mention IBM and SAP’s predictions that there would be a gap of one million IT workers by 2020 – because people in the UK are not trained to take up these roles.
Digital skills are so necessary. People need to retrain to prepare themselves for the future workforce. Correction, when I say the “future” workforce, I mean the “now” workforce.
In the USA, CNBC reports that web developer and software developer will be among the most in-demand jobs over the next five years. Meanwhile, in Europe, Maureen Lynch, Director of Hays Ireland, tells us that two of the four key skills for the new era of work are IT-related. Data literacy and web development are the first two she mentions. Apart from that, the other skills she talks about are adaptability and emotional intelligence.
This sentiment is echoed by recruiters and businesses all around the world. Most companies, especially those that had to shut down, are now considering their digital strategies. None of them wants to have to shut their doors again. However, for these strategies to succeed, they must have a readily available workforce. This is why it’s time to learn the critical skills needed for the future.
Learn to code
Learning to code is essential, and now is the time to do it. We all need to be more literate. A good starting point is our free 5 Day Coding Challenge. Thousands of people have completed this in the last couple of months and built their first-ever web page. Many of these participants have gone on to learn Full Stack Software Development, which teaches the most in-demand skills for today’s workforce. These new developers will finish to meet the demand growth for software developers.