Keeping up With Disruptive Tech: Who to Hire

posted over 3 years ago


Author: James Warren | European Managing Director 

‘Disruption’ is taking place across practically every industry and sector, with time consuming, complex, and outdated processes being replaced with new digital ways of working. Cognitive computing, robotics automation, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain technology, and the internet of things are all considered to be ‘disruptive technologies’ that are taking over the modern workplace.

Disruptive technology has the potential to unlock massive market opportunities, although technological complexity is cited as one of the main barriers to widespread adoption, according to The Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies report by KPMG. This is spurring a significant change in recruiting in 2018, with many businesses looking at who to hire for disruptive technologies implementation.

The Job Landscape

One of the most important aspects for businesses to understand is that disruptive technology won’t minimize the need to hire; it will instead increase the need for highly skilled internal resources. Consider that the introduction of the internet rendered around 500,000 jobs obsolete, and yet created 1.2 million new opportunities, according to a French report by McKinsey; “Impact d’Internet sur l'économie Francais.” Quite simply, disruptive technologies need disruptive talents. So who should you be looking to hire? 

Who to Hire for Disruptive Technologies

KPMG predict that the positions that will grow the most within the next 2 years will be within IT, middle and senior management, customer service, sales and production, finance, research, HR, and marketing. However, as we’re currently at a major technological turning point, the exact roles that will emerge aren’t particularly clear. Consider that around 33% of jobs in the United States today didn’t exist 25 years ago, and that 65% of kids starting school today will work a new job that hasn’t even been thought of yet! 

Technology is changing faster than we can keep up with, but it is clear that there are a number of valuable skills that are very much in demand right now, as businesses start preparing for a digital future:

Software Development: Software development is the heart of nearly all disruptive technology businesses and is essential for them to exist, making the role of a Software Developer pivotal to these organisation’s success. Popular languages may change, however with customer interaction being key, front end and mobile technologies have been on the rise.

Data Skills: Artificial intelligence will create more roles for Data Analysts and Data Scientists, within the subfields of machine learning and data science.

Security Skills: The more emerging technologies that are utilized, the greater the risk of vulnerabilities. Cyber security jobs and roles such as Data Security Administrator will be big.

Governance Skills: The more data that we obtain and use, the more we need to look into legal compliance, especially following implementation of the US Cloud Act and GDPR in the EU.

Management Skills: There has been a notable increase in demand for MBA-qualified candidates with the necessary business operation skills to oversee implementation of new technologies.

Contract Jobs

Independent work is on the rise as more and more businesses launch fixed term projects to facilitate digital transformation. It is widely expected that contract jobs will continue to increase, with openings for regulatory experts to ensure compliance; business analysts to determine how and when disruptive technologies can be incorporated into processes, and development specialists to reskill workers. 

Hiring these talents puts your business in a position where it is able to continuously adapt with technological evolution, ready to adopt new, beneficial, and futuristic systems as they are commercialized.

Disruptive organisations personify a ‘life’s short’ mantra; upsetting the norm with their innovation and ambition; bringing us all into a place of heightened technological awareness and effectively re-wiring how we think in the process.  


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