HR Voices: Hottest skills for the tech sector in 2019

UX designers, extreme programmers, big data engineers, AI and natural language processing experts and data scientists will be in-demand in 2019, reveal recruiters in India. 

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While there’s an array of technical skills needed for today's competitive job market, the IT job space itself is undergoing massive changes. 

The incessant need to produce innovative solutions and services puts the onus on prospective job seekers to keep themselves well versed with the hottest skills in IT. Here we take a deep dive into skills recruiters in India are scouting for in 2019. 

Keeping up with the evolving workplace

Technology is changing so fast that the ability to keep up with the pace and adapt in real time is becoming a core survival skill for all employees. The speed of innovation is also cultivating a proactive mindset in the workforce. 

... Cognitive technologies require people who can not only understand how they work but also think, innovate and solve problems using them. This will result in an inevitable shift in demand to recruit professionals with higher cognitive skills such as creativity, critical thinking, decision making and complex problem solving combined with basic technical and programming skills.
Visweswara Rao
Senior Vice President & Chief HR Officer, CSS Corp

Enterprises can only keep up with the when employees take ownership, stay relevant and add value to the disruption cycle. Job seekers in 2019 will need to be in tune with changing technologies, and will be required to relearn new skills with the ever evolving work environment.  

"In 2019, employees will be more generalists than specialists, working across multiple teams, functions and even businesses - using mobile technologies and the ‘personal’ toolkit provided by the digital enterprise to maintain contact, alignment, productivity and effectiveness," explains Mohan Sitharam, Chief Human Resources Officer at Subex. 

"Cognitive technologies require people who can not only understand how they work but also think, innovate and solve problems using them. This will result in an inevitable shift in demand to recruit professionals with higher cognitive skills such as creativity, critical thinking, decision making and complex problem solving combined with basic technical and programming skills," tells Visweswara Rao, SVP & Chief HR Officer, CSS Corp.

...In 2019, employees will be more generalists than specialists, working across multiple teams, functions and even businesses - using mobile technologies and the ‘personal’ toolkit provided by the digital enterprise to maintain contact, alignment, productivity and effectiveness.
Mohan Sitharam
Chief Human Resources Officer, Subex.

AI and data science remain top skills

While artificial intelligence (AI) has been causing fears among workers, it is the same technology that is finding a lot of traction for new job roles. AI/ML is being extensively used and researched to develop digital assistance and make repetitive processes more efficient and error-free.  Along with AI, businesses and products are integrating AI subsets of machine learning and natural language processing. According to experts, data science is another technology which remains a top priority for employers. 

"Artificial intelligence is poised to disrupt the industry in ways we’ve not seen since the industrial revolution. The rise of AI is creating the need for Python programming skills, knowledge of machine learning, deep learning, Natural Language Processing, big data and sentiment analysis. Skills in data – such as business intelligence, data management and integration, analytics platforms, data visualization, etc. – are becoming more apparent in the need for data scientists as data becomes the new frontier and battleground for organisation," according to Mohan Sekhar, Senior Managing Director – Accenture Technology and Lead – Accenture Advanced Technology Centers in India.

...Artificial intelligence is poised to disrupt the industry in ways we’ve not seen since the industrial revolution. The rise of AI is creating the need for Python programming skills, knowledge of machine learning, deep learning, Natural Language Processing, big data and sentiment analysis.
Mohan Sekhar
Senior Managing Director, Advanced Technology Centers in India at Accenture

Mohan Sitharam from Subex points out that the college curriculum, corporate training pedagogy have all moved to upskill engineers in machine learning and data science capabilities. “Seven out of ten startup ideas seem to revolve around AI/ML enriching talent at the supply side.” 

Job skills for everything-as-a-service

As various technologies emerge and find their place in the workplace the demand for skilled employees will soar. Being open to change, flexible and adaptable in learning and combining new skills are being coveted, rather than specialized skills. From devops to AR/VR, the job market is looking for skills for the everything-as-a-service technology model.

...In the past few years devops job positions have grown by 106 percent. The Hadoop market will grow to USD 40 billion by 2021 and this will need skills to manage and develop Hadoop implementations.
Arif Khan
Head - Resourcing & Recruitment, Sasken Technologies

"Virtualization went mainstream last year primarily through a raft of M&As - hallmarked by Red Hat’s acquisition by IBM. As public cloud companies embraced hybrid, virtualization skills were in high demand in 2018. Recent research indicates that India is set to lead the world in hybrid adoption over the next 12 to 24 months, as traditional hardware continues to evolve to a software model. 2019 may just become the year of everything-as-a-service skill," states Logesh Chandramoorthy - Head of Talent Acquisition, Nutanix India.

Of course 2019, will also require strong growth in AI, AR, VR, and anything and everything analytics, adds Chandramoorthy. 

"In the past few years devops job positions have grown by 106 percent. The Hadoop market will grow to USD 40 billion by 2021 and this will need skills to manage and develop Hadoop implementations," explains Arif Khan, Head - Resourcing & Recruitment, Sasken Technologies.

...Recent research indicates that India is set to lead the world in hybrid adoption over the next 12 to 24 months, as traditional hardware continues to evolve to a software model. 2019 may just become the year of everything-as-a-service skill.
Logesh Chandramoorthy
Head of Talent Acquisition, Nutanix India.