The UK is now home to more than 1.5m ‘digital tech’ jobs, as the sector grows more than twice as fast as the wider economy in terms of turnover and productivity.
Increasingly, ‘Transformer’ roles are being created. These are digital jobs within traditional industries, created to respond to pressure for digital transformation.The International Data Corporation expects that the percentage of enterprises creating advanced digital transformation initiatives will more than double in four years. This need for digital capability across all sectors is being reflected in the jobs market with increased demand for ‘Transformers’.
Investment in IT infrastructure and talent go hand in hand to ensure a business’ vision for digital transformation is reflected in its business strategy. Digital skills are in high demand but in short supply, according to digital workforce solutions and consultancy firm Arrows Group Global.
According to James Parsons, Founder and CEO of Arrows Group Global: "Digital is shaping the economy and presenting both challenges and opportunities for businesses across all sectors. The reality is that all businesses should act like tech companies and a key component to this is the talent they have available."
Parsons comments, “Enterprise-wide digital transformation starts and ends with people. For instance, business leaders need to direct their attention to building digital teams who can deliver revenue-generating digital experiences for the end customer. This means having the right expertise to create a bespoke service which exceeds customer expectations. Keeping pace with these expectations is all about having access to the brains behind technological advancements."
Parsons continues, “Working with partners who offer a blended service of traditional staffing, workforce planning and project consultancy will give businesses the agility and flexibility to adapt to changing market conditions. Digitising the core business model comes from securing a talent supply chain with the digital capabilities needed to leverage new technologies and encourage fast-growth."