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New Hiring Trends and In-Demand Technologies

Posted on April 2024 By Andy James

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As we prepare for iO Associates' upcoming attendance at the DDD South West Event, Consultant Andy James initiated a thorough research into new hiring trends and the top 7 most in-demand technologies in the tech market. At iO we believe in the importance of staying up-to-date with current news to excel in our specialised markets. We are committed to consistently growing alongside our clients in the new and developing tech field.

The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst, propelling remote work into the mainstream. As companies continue to be adaptive in the face of this shift, the proportion of distributed teams and remote job opportunities has multiplied. Remote work has democratised talent acquisition and employers are no longer bound by geographical constraints; they can tap into a global talent pool. This expanded reach allows companies to find specialised skills that might not be readily available locally. As a result, the workforce has gained newfound flexibility, enabling a healthier work-life balance.

While technical expertise remains essential, employers are increasingly recognising the vitality of soft skills. Attributes like effective communication, collaboration, adaptability, and problem-solving abilities are now critical and score heavily in interviews and hiring processes. In the modern workplace, success now hinges on more than just coding proficiency or data analysis. It’s about creating collaborative environments, where diverse skills can unite to lead innovation.

At the upcoming DDD South West Event, these transformations will take centre stage, sparking discussions on how technology is reshaping the dynamics of the workspace.


In-demand Technologies

1. The demand for cloud computing expertise continues to grow as businesses migrate to the cloud for scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. Professionals with knowledge in platforms like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud are highly sought after.

2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies are increasingly integrated into various software applications. This integration is driving demand for professionals skilled in data science, natural language processing, computer vision, and predictive analytics.

3. With the rise in cyber threats, organisations are prioritising cybersecurity measures. There is a high demand for professionals proficient in cybersecurity frameworks, threat detection, encryption techniques, and ethical hacking.

4. DevOps and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) practices enhance collaboration between development and operations teams, streamlining software delivery processes. Expertise in tools like Kubernetes, Docker, Jenkins, and Git is highly valued.

5. The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining traction across industries, fuelling demand for developers capable of building connected devices, developing IoT applications, and implementing secure IoT architectures.

6. Versatility in both front-end and back-end development, known as full-stack development, remains valuable. Proficiency in frameworks like .Net, React, Angular, Vue.js, Node.js, Django, and Flask are in high demand.

7. Beyond cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology finds applications in areas like supply chain management, finance, and healthcare, creating demand for developers skilled in blockchain development and smart contract programming.


As we look forward to the DDD South West Event and the opportunity to connect with talented industry veterans, it’s pivotal to understand that these evolving hiring trends and technological advancements are shaping the future of work. As the job market continues to evolve, professionals must adapt and upskill to stay relevant and thriving.

Interested in finding out more about how to attract and retain talent in the developing workforce? Click here!