Emerging Technology Trends, as seen by a recruiter

Each day our recruitment consultants speak to candidates across the world about their career.  Conversations span their CV, their interests and, more generally, their views on the Technology industry.  From these conversations, we get a great insight into technology trends as seen by the top talent, and which sub-sectors we are seeing an increased demand for jobs in.  I sat down with one of our international recruitment specialists to find out exactly what he’s hearing from the market:


Hi Dom, firstly can you just tell us a little about what you do and how you find out the information you’re about to share with us?

OK, so I’m a Recruitment Consultant specialising in hard-to-fill roles for the clients at ESP. I speak to some of the most interesting, talented and experienced candidates across the technology sector on a daily basis.  I work with these candidates to find and place them in some of the most exciting new roles in the industry.


Through these conversations you must find out a lot about the technology sector and people’s interests?

Certainly, from speaking to candidates and hiring managers you are exposed to business insights and changes.  However, we are also able to get an understanding of their own personal interests and how these shift over time.  Over many conversations we are able to identify anecdotal trends and it’s interesting to look at what’s changed.

Last year for instance, the hot topic across our industry was Cyber Security. With the increased pressure from the press on improving personal and corporate cyber security, technology specialists across all fields were looking to the start ups and bigger organisations to see what they were doing to react.  They then were thinking how could they be a part of that journey.  Cyber Security of course remains a popular area but we’ve seen other sub-sectors coming up more and more.


OK, so you are almost like a fly on the wall of the technology sector? As our inside man, what are you seeing as emerging trends with the technology industry this year?

There are several sub-sectors that have been increasingly talked about in our circles.  A study from tech communities across Europe identified key hubs for tech innovations.  The Top Ten topics ranked by the number of meet up groups are as follows:

Tech Trends as seen by a recruiter

Of these, there are four that, from my conversations this year, I believe are becoming increasingly attractive to the top talent in tech.

Big Data Analytics

There are several businesses making strides in the Big Data sector currently that is drawing the attention of candidates.  Here I’m referring to technology being created that can analyse the large volume of structured and unstructured data that inundates a business on a day-to-day basis.  These businesses help their clients to streamline their processes, increase their productivity and improve decision making.

Machine Learning and Automated Intelligence

AI is no longer a phantom of the sci-fi world.  We are well on our way to a fully autonomous artificial intelligence, part of a growing trend in which companies transform themselves into AI fuelled organisations.  By redesigning core systems, processes and strategies around AI, businesses are working their way towards an organisation where humans and machines work together within digital systems to harness data-driven insights.

Many of our candidates are suggesting that while no one has cracked AI, it is the future of technology, the next stage of the evolution of technology.

Internet of Things

The internet of things (IOT) is a revolutionary trend within technology.  It refers to all physical objects that have been connected to the internet and controlled that way.  This is anything from a smart lightbulb or a thermostat, to a child’s toy or a driverless car.  IOT started with business and manufacturing but now is growing within the consumer market filling our homes and offices with smart devices.

While IOT comes with obvious security risks, word on the street is that soon we’ll be filling our homes with smart devices and trading off these risks for the convenience they provide.  Analyst Gartner has calculated that the IOT was made up of 8.4 billion devices in 2017 and predicted this will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.  It’s no wonder this area of huge growth is being talked about and attracting talent.


Here I’m talking specifically about the implementation of low-code development.  This is a new approach to coding that speeds up processes and projects.  Traditionally coders have used a line-by-line method.  In low-code development you use a drag and drop interface, effectively visually coding a project.

According to researchers Pearl Doughty-White and Miriam Quick, the US Army Future Combat System uses over 60 million lines of code, and Google uses 2 billion lines of code.  If we printed out all of the code behind Google’s services it would take 36,000,000 pages.  That would stack to 3.6km high and has clearly taken developers a long time to write in a line by line process.  Low-code means these businesses can use pre-set codes to auto-populate parts.  This is an automation tool and a big digital transformation method.


If anyone reading this is looking for an opportunity across any of these sub-sectors or would like to chat about what they are seeing as a trend in the technology sector then feel free to email or call Dom

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