The demand for talent with digital skills such as Testing, Platform Technologies, Java Technologies, Cloud Infra Technologies, and Data Analytics, are the top five digital skills that have surged since the last quarter, according to a report by business service provider Quess Corp. Data Analytics has witnessed a demand upsurge of 454%, the report said.
Upskilling across industries has been a strategy adopted by companies over the last year to bridge the emerging skill gap in India.
The search for top tech talent this year has unfurled into an unprecedented battle, reflecting the accelerated adoption of digital business models in organizations industry-wide, the report said. Technology giants as well as start-ups are witnessing double-digit growth and are ramping up their teams by employing more people than ever before, to combat rising attrition and meet their manpower needs amidst what is called the ‘Great Resignation’.
Analysing the overall geographical spread for the top 5 digital skills, the IT hubs emerged unmatched in their demand. Bengaluru witnessed the lion’s share of demand at 54%, followed by Hyderabad at 15%, Chennai at 11%, Pune at 8%, and lastly the National Capital Region (NCR) at 7%.
Factors Leading To Demand Creation
Growth in the digital economy, fuelled by the increasing adoption of cloud-led technologies by tech giant, is a primary contributor to the surge in demand for digital skills. Large digital transformation deals, hybrid cloud adoption, automation of front-end and back-end systems, and investments in tech-enabled assets have underpinned the business performances and manpower hiring sprees in the last leg of 2021.
As the demand for automation rapidly increases, accuracy in operations has become a top priority. Hence, the testing domain has led the pack in digital skills as validation of systems and quality control are crucial for business continuity. Further, Data Analytics witnessed more than 450% growth as nearly all companies have adopted big data and analytics in their technology repertoire.
“As the great resignation moves towards a great migration, the talent market will undergo enormous changes. With the slow opening of borders, we expect to see more opportunities arising in Tier 2 cites. Talent may also leave the country, as international borders open and give way to lucrative offers. However, with Omicron playing spoilsport, the industry’s back-to-office plans have been foiled,” said Vijay Sivaram, chief executive officer (CEO) of Quess IT Staffing, the placement and staffing arm of Quess Corp.
He also said that companies will continue to "focus on employee experience" and develop programs that circle around learning, benefits and culture in order to retain employees. It said that talent attraction is a key strategy in boardrooms "now more than ever". "Thus, we see a rise in demand for contract hiring, the gig work model, and hire-train-deploy programs. Further, with the demand for recruiters continuing to surge upwards, the RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) model is more in demand than ever before,” he added.
Overall, as industries continually renew and chart their digital priorities and implement technology transformations, the demand for digital skills will ascend.