Research rom Robert Half UK has suggested that business leaders expect technological development to drive a significant increase in the number of jobs created in 2020. In an increasingly tech-driven world, employers believe new developments will continue to shape the future of work and are keen to leverage the opportunity this presents. Two thirds (65 per cent) of businesses believe new technologies will lead to the creation of more permanent roles next year, while 39 per cent believe the number of temporary positions will grow.
The South West and Wales region is the most confident about the impact of new technology, with 74 per cent of businesses anticipating an increase in permanent positions and 43 per cent prepared for more temporary roles. The North of England expressed the lowest expectations, over half (56 per cent) remain confident that they will see an increase in permanent jobs and 35 per cent expect to see more temporary roles created.
Table 1: Businesses expecting the number of jobs to increase in the coming year
|How will new technologies affect the net number of jobs across your team in 2020?|
|London||64 per cent||38 per cent|
|South West & Wales||74 per cent||43 per cent|
|Midlands||64 per cent||36 per cent|
|North||56 per cent||35 per cent|
|Scotland||66 per cent||41 per cent|
Source: Robert Half UK, 2020
According to the company’s 2020 Salary Guide, 49 per cent of business leaders believe digital transformation will have the biggest impact on their company over the next 12 months. As such, innovation, deployment of new technology and talent management feature amongst the most prominent strategic priorities for the year.
Businesses are looking to encourage the adoption of such developments within their teams in several ways, including clearly articulating the benefits of new technologies (23 per cent), empowering employees to be more innovative and experimental at work (22 per cent) and fostering a ‘culture of curiosity’ in the workplace (13 per cent).
“There is no question that new technologies will have a significant impact on the future of work over the coming year, driving opportunities for growth in the longer term,” said Matt Weston, managing director of Robert Half UK. “As businesses look to attract the best digital specialists to leverage these developments, the war for talent will only continue to heat up. However, the real sweet spot lies with those who have the necessary technological expertise combined with ‘soft skills’ such as communication and strategic thinking.
“With the pace of digital transformation showing no signs of slowing down in 2020, employers would be well-minded to evaluate their remuneration packages and wider incentives, such as flexible working and regular training, if they are to attract and retain the top tech talent to take advantage of growth opportunities coming their way this year,” he concluded.