There's a saying when it comes to developers: "Either you are one, or you envy one."
Whether it's true or not - well, that's another discussion. But to be fair, what's not to envy? IT and tech-related jobs have always been in good demand, but as our world shifts towards a post-Covid reality, the demand will grow exponentially. A quick Google search on the most in-demand jobs for 2021 quickly reveals a glaring trend. Software developers, cloud architects, network administrators, DevOps engineers, automation test analysts, and mobile application developers are positions that appear over and over again. In fact, the role with the most LinkedIn job posts is ‘Software Engineer'.
It makes sense, after all. As the pandemic forced companies to shift operations online, there was an unprecedented cloud technology boom and widespread adoption of digital transformation. Online retail sites, virtual meeting rooms, communication apps, and virtual consultation services for people (and their pets!) have entered the arena, and they're not leaving anytime soon. But as the world continues to embrace the cloud, we're left with a profound question: who will develop, execute, maintain, and test all of these online platforms and applications?
Whether you're looking for top QAs, Software Developers in Testing, or mobile app developers, hiring one of these in-demand tech talents really does feel like a game. A terribly difficult game, one with high stakes, high costs, and hopefully high rewards. As companies struggle to become more competitive, an increasing amount of factors come into play, and some of them are not so traditional.
Competitive salaries and common perks like retirement packages, paid time off, and health insurance are must-haves, of course. Personal development opportunities, significant allowances for equipment, and transparent opportunities for career development have also become more commonplace. And more recently, benefits such as the ability to work remotely full-time from anywhere in the world without having your pay slashed have been a big point of contention (by the way, Virtuoso has no problem with full-time remote work so if you are looking for your next opportunity, check out our careers page!) Other factors such as work-life balance and an enjoyable company culture with authentic values are also growing requirements for the rightfully picky top tech talent.
In reality, this means that companies who have less to offer - whether intentionally or due to a smaller scale of business and growth - will simply fall behind.
What do companies stand to lose if they can't keep up with the talent squeeze in the tech sphere?
Unless you're a big corporation with cash in pocket to buy out the top talent, things aren't looking too great. Should smaller companies just give up while they're ahead? Or get rid of lesser important roles to free up more resources and snag that all-star tech talent? Maybe they should go with underskilled tech talents and just cut their losses when inevitable issues like bugs and slow release cycles pop up?
None of these are optimal solutions. Luckily, there is one more option… let's talk about AI!
Now, we're not saying you should replace your employees with robots. We're talking about AI-driven tools that can help your tech (and non-tech!) talents do more, faster, and better. Say, for example, a company is in dire need of better QA resources, whether QA testers or QA engineers or perhaps QA analysts. They simply don't have enough resources to offer a highly competitive package for a top testing role (if they can even find a candidate), but they do have a great team that's eager to innovate and catch up with Digital Transformation. They could take on a test automation tool like Virtuoso, which harnesses the power of AI to help anyone automate complex tests. Suddenly, the small company can equip anyone on their existing team - say, a tech writer or even a digital marketer - with a tool that allows them to test an application without having the technical knowledge usually required of a typical QA role.
Here are just a few benefits of using this approach:
See? The tech talent shortage is not the end of the world - but it is a good idea to catch up sooner rather than later.