62 percent technology professionals in Asia Pacific believe a significant part of their jobs would be automated within the next ten years, thus rendering their current skills redundant (compared to 45 percent globally). The change in technology is so rapid that 87 percent believe their career would be severely limited if they didn’t teach themselves new technical skills.
This is according to the Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017, representing the views of more than 3,200 technology professionals from 84 countries.
The possibility of automation varies greatly with job role, with Testers and IT Operations professionals most likely to expect their job role to be significantly affected in the next decade (67 percent and 63 percent respectively), and CIO/VP IT and Programme Management least affected (31 percent and 30 percent respectively).
Richard Goddard, MD, South East Asia, and Head of the Technology Practice, Harvey Nash Executive Search APAC, commented: “Through automation, it is possible that ten years from now, the technology function will be unrecognisable in today’s terms. Even for those roles relatively unaffected by automation, there is a major indirect effect – as up to half of their colleagues may be machines by 2027.”
In response to automation, technology professionals are prioritising learning over any other career development tactic. Self-learning is significantly more important to them than formal training or qualifications.
Despite the increase in automation, the survey reveals that technology professionals remain in high demand as the technology landscape evolves. Software Engineers and Developers were most in demand, followed by those in Analytics / Big Data roles.
Respondents expect the most important technologies in the next five years to be Robotics, Augmented / Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Wearable Tech, as well as Big Data, Cloud and the Internet of Things. Unsurprisingly these are also the key areas that were cited as ‘hot skills to learn’.
Which technologies are important to your company now, and which do you expect to be important in five years’ time?
Key global highlights from the Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017:
Kirti Lad, Director of the Technology Practice, Harvey Nash Executive Search APAC, commented: “The Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017 highlights the state of flux technology careers currently face. On one side, technology is ‘eating itself’, with job roles increasingly being commoditised and automated. On the other, new opportunities are being created, especially within the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Automation. In this rapidly changing world, the winners will be the technology professionals who take responsibility for their own skills development, and continually ask: ‘where am I adding value that no other person – or machine – can add?’”