Tech jobs exploding in 2018
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10 tech job markets that will explode in 2018

21 Dec 2017

As we look ahead to 2018, what will the hottest tech jobs be? Hays’ James Milligan has made his predictions.

It’s that time once again when we look at the year ahead and forecast the tech jobs and markets that will continue to grow rapidly or reach a tipping point in the next 12 months.

This year’s list is a mix of existing and new, with digital transformation, data and the internet of things (IoT) at the heart of demand. Software development skills are core to most of the areas where we expect to see opportunity.

Machine learning

The application of this technology will continue to proliferate beyond virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa, with social media networks using it for facial recognition, and machine learning coming into the broader business world.

Predictive analytics

As traditional businesses invest in big-data strategies, we will see the application of predictive analytics in new environments beyond the traditional fields of insurance, marketing, banking, retail and healthcare.

Employers will seek candidates with backgrounds in these sectors to understand how they can deliver value and gain competitive advantage.


2017 was the year that saw most major automobile manufacturers enter the market for autonomous vehicles.

There will now be an aggressive race over the next few years to gain market share as trials begin in many countries globally. Will it be the traditional car manufacturers that win this race or the tech companies?

IoT: Smart devices

With an anticipated 30bn connected objects by 2020, there will be acceleration in the creation of jobs that create the infrastructure, objects and applications that underpin the IoT.

Smart devices such as sports trackers will open up the possibility of revolutionising healthcare by shifting efforts to prevention rather than treatment.

IoT: Smart homes

This is an area that will see exponential growth over the coming year as we see increased proliferation of thermostats, fridges, lights and other innovations that will facilitate efficiencies and automation within the home.

IoT: Smart cities

It’s not just within the home where IoT will have an impact, but in the town. There will be a race nationally and globally to become the city of the future.

Sensors will become part of daily life and will contribute to better traffic management, cleaner environments and safer commutes for cyclists, among other things.


More industries will adopt AR and VR as new innovation happens within this area. Virtual learning is on the agenda and these technologies could see significant advances in treatment of conditions such as Alzheimer’s.


With all of this connectivity and data, the infrastructure has to be in place to support this growth. 2017 saw demand increase for AWS and Azure experience, and we expect this trend to continue into next year.

Digital transformation

It’s not just native digital organisations embracing the aforementioned transformative technologies, as traditional organisations are making strategic investments to ensure that they remain relevant in a digital world.

As a result, there will be a high demand for project managers who have completed similar journeys.

Head of data science

With machine learning and predictive analytics increasing in popularity, it is important that an organisation has someone to lead their strategy who has a broad understanding of data science’s core elements: technology, statistics and stakeholder engagement.

This can sometimes be a tricky balance to strike, and is a must to ensure that insights are relevant to the business.

By James Milligan

James Milligan is the director for Hays IT, with responsibility for leading the UK and Ireland IT business to ensure supply of the best talent in a rapidly evolving IT market.

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