Despite fears of an impending recession, global economic pressures and concerns about the recent layoffs at many tech companies in the spring and summer, the job picture across Europe is still generally good.
Especially in technology where many areas of the IT industry are (so far) fairly recession-proof, especially in sectors such as AI, cybersecurity and cloud services.
In fact, the tech scene is currently experiencing growth not seen since the early days of the dot.com bubble, with global IT spending expected to soar. $4.5 trillion by early 2023 — an increase of 5.1%, according to a Gartner report.
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It’s also a good time for job changers, as a recent global survey of tech workers found that those who change jobs can. increase their salary up to 12%. So whether you already work in the cybersecurity industry or are a professional looking for a breakthrough in UX, focusing on the areas below can help you stay ahead of the pack next year.
As more of our financial lives move from personal to virtual, the need for cybersecurity is greater than ever. Research of the European Central Bank shows that 74% of internet users have bought something online in the last three months – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
From online banking to shopping and the continued rise of cryptocurrency, the demand for IT specialists with knowledge of cybersecurity is growing. This is driven by the fact that safety is the biggest pain point for companies around the world, with the demand for experts in that sector set to grow rapidly.
For those looking to make the transition to cybersecurity, upskilling in areas like data encryption, mitigation, and firewalls is critical, while familiarity with software security will give you an edge over the rest.
As far as opportunities go, there are currently dozens of cybersecurity roles available on The House of Talent Job Board, ranging from fully external jobs, such as this Cyber Security Analyst role at Bankers Healthcare Group, to the also external Cyber Security Architect job at American Express. Both roles require visibility into current information security threats, including DDoS, botnets, and advanced malware.
UX designers are used to asking themselves questions like “What makes a website from good to great”. The level of user experience or user interface, especially in a post-Covid world where more people are used to performing daily tasks virtually has increased. Now users automatically expect the digital services they use to be just as good as the services they receive in person.
Recent global research of Gartner shows that 65% of customers believe the companies they do business with online should improve their virtual customer service, while 75% of customers expect a personalized experience.
As such, the demand for UI and UX designers is growing exponentially as businesses struggle to keep up. For those working elsewhere in design and eager to capitalize on demand, skills such as information architecture, wireframing, virtual design, and user research and testing can be refreshed. Getting familiar with libraries such as Angular Material and DevXtreme is essential.
There are currently over 100 open UX positions on The House of Talent Job Board, ranging from the fully remote Consumer Design Director role at PayPal to the more entry-level, as well as remote Frontend Software Engineer role at Objektkultur Software.
Referring to all the platforms that allow companies to better market their products, martech covers everything from SEO research to automation and email marketing. And the opportunity within that space is enormous.
Skills to focus on include ecommerce principles and leading platforms such as Shopify and HubSpot, as well as social media best practices in marketing and optimization. Gaining exposure and working knowledge of areas such as copywriting, display advertising and email marketing will also give those looking to enter the industry an edge.
Currently, there are dozens of jobs in the martech space on The House of Talent Job Board – including an eCommerce Product Manager role at Apple and an Email Marketing Automation Consultant role at LevelUp Group. Both roles require candidates who are able to spot digital trends before capturing the attention of the general public, as well as a genuine interest in consumer behavior.
Explore all available vacancies on The House of Talent Job Board to find your next move