Technology continues to affect almost every job role, whether it’s in a factory or behind a desk, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2023 Future of Jobs report.
Jeff Maggioncalda, who is the CEO at online learning company Coursera – which contributed data for the report – says: “We’re pretty much all in the same boat, whether you are a factory worker or on the frontlines or whether you’re a knowledge worker sitting behind a desk. Technology is shifting the way almost every job task will be performed.”
The rise of generative AI is accelerating this gap between what employers want, and what workers can provide, even further. The WEF estimates that 44% of workers’ skills will be disrupted and upskilling will be needed in the next five years.
Recent data compiled by the European Software Skills Alliance (ESSA), echoes this with an estimate that 97 million jobs globally may result from the emergence of digitisation.
“There is a shift to new kinds of developers, like full stack developers and low code developers, but the most important insight is that developers are becoming more and more part of the regular organisation instead of a separate entity. Soft skills and knowledge of the business are therefore increasingly important for developers to be able to function,” the ESSA’s report stated.
The WEF also says that job titles which include sustainability experts (as the green economy rises), business intelligence analysts, data analysts and scientists plus digital transformation specialists, are among the fastest-growing jobs.
DevOps too, a portmanteau of development and operations, is a growth career path. Increasingly, companies in and out of the tech industry require specialists who can sit at the fulcrum of these two departments and streamline the software development lifecycle, improve the efficiency of software delivery, and enhance overall organisational agility.
Despite the increasing importance of DevOps engineers, there remains a skills shortage and 87% of employers are struggling to not only attract but retain top talent. That’s good news for those already in the sector, as they can not only pick and choose their employer, they can also dictate their employment terms.
When it comes to work location and flexibility around hours, 52% of tech talent prefers a remote-first working model, and 46% said they would leave their current role if their employer stopped offering the flexibility to work remotely.
If you’re thinking about a new DevOps role, then the UKTN Job Board is an essential first stop. It contains thousands of jobs all across the tech sector, such as the three DevOps roles below.
DevOps engineer, Accenture, London
Global professional services company Accenture is seeking a DevOps Engineer for a role in London where you will engage directly with clients to build innovative DevOps capabilities. You should have awareness of critical concepts in DevOps and Agile principles, cloud computing skills to include a working knowledge of various tools, open-source technologies, and cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or Microsoft Azure including respective cloud shell, serverless and other cloud-native and offerings.
Plus, you’ll be proficient in Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), including pipeline design/implementation. Get the full information on this role here.
Senior manager for mobile systems DevOps, BT Group, London
BT Group is recruiting a senior manager for mobile systems DevOps. You will be working in a software engineering development team in charge of BT Mobile networks, with the responsibility of rolling out 5G networks across the UK, automating the mobile network roll-out, developing mobile 5G network applications, API development and data-driven operations using machine learning and AI.
Proven skills in data analytics, data science, big data and their application to network and service operations are required as is significant expertise in service and network technologies and solutions, particularly the application of DevOps, CICD, big data, machine learning, operational research, and data science. Plus, you will need 10 or more years of experience in containerisation and automation stack (Kubernetes, Docker, Ansible), advanced analytics and AI. If this appeals, get all the specs here.
DevOps engineer, PwC, Manchester
This DevOps engineer role offers an opportunity to join a rapidly growing DevOps enablement function at PwC, where you will partner with development teams across the firm, helping to increase the speed and resiliency of delivery practices.
Your role will include transferring your knowledge of DevOps practices and approaches into development teams, as well as bringing experience in key tooling and partnering with developers to solve technical challenges along the way. Experience with cloud infrastructure engineering and administration as well as experience in CI/CD practices is required. See all the requirements here.