We have seen growth and innovation throughout 2022. In deep tech, there continues to be significantly more investment, developed ecosystems to support start-ups and spin-outs and ten times more unicorn-valued businesses than a decade ago.
As technology evolves quickly, there continue to be more specialist skills to achieve the ideas and innovations coming out of the industry.
In 2023, we anticipate businesses to build a diverse team with specialist skills and talent, which will help them grow quicker and faster than before.
Here are five of the top specialist skills tech leaders will be after in 2023.
ML & AI
AI has been the buzzword of the year, but with 87% of businesses committed to using AI to improve their business, there is no doubt it is the future. Those who have the skills to not just work with big data but can use it to understand its nuances and make it worthwhile for machine learning and AI will be considered an asset. Businesses with data at the core of their functions to optimise ML & AI for their operations will prioritise this for 2023.
Web3 is coming, and for businesses to be successful, they need to start having blockchain skills in-house now. Blockchain delivers the distributed ledger architecture, which threads together the web3 infrastructure. With things like decentralised finance, companies will want to make the most of the potential and require specialist skills to drive a business forward in the new digital era.
The move to a decentralised model for the web continues to move forward. And, with the likes of Warner Music Group announcing its partnership with Polygon, one of the foremost blockchains in the smart contract and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space and platform builder LGND.io to build a first-of-its-kind web3 music platform, things are moving more rapidly than you might think. Web3 talent is still rare, so being able to bring web3 talent into your business will give you a competitive edge. In 2023 we will see a lot more companies looking to be “the first of its kind” on web3; expect the demand for this talent to rise.
Rust Programming Language Skills
Rust is a modern programming language which is a multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language. While it works similarly to C/C++, Rust has some innovative features which are made it extremely popular since its launch. These include the prevention of memory safety issues, a leading cause of most software security vulnerabilities and unexpected program behaviour. While this is a significant language change, the approach is one that businesses believe needs investment. We expect this requirement to be asked for more throughout 2023.
Teams are expanding in DevOps, and where this function in the past may have been handled by less technical staff or sometimes sporadically throughout businesses, the depth of securities and the complexities of its practices will see more requirements for technical and skilled talent. The changing landscape means that security-centric practices will become more critical.