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Harvey Nash announces publication of seventh annual global Tech Survey

October 15th 2019, London: Harvey Nash, the global technology recruitment and IT outsourcing company, today publishes its 2020 Technology Survey.

Now in its seventh year, the report reflects the views and insights of 2088 Technology professionals from more than 70 countries, and is recognised as one of the leading indicators of global trends in the technology industry.

To download the report, please visit www.harveynash.com/techsurvey.

Key highlights include


  • The changing shape of tech. The massive expansion of all-encompassing tech has transformed tech teams and tech talent. Almost six in ten tech workers say their company is now a ‘tech’ company. Tech teams are increasingly focused on customer experience, no-code platforms, automation and flexible working.

  • Stress is common. Half of respondents have been concerned about their mental health due to work, either in the past or - as one in six (16%) report - right now. No one would pretend that working in the tech sector is a walk in the park, of course. But for it to be pushing half its workers into a state of mental health concern was a surprise for us, and also a worry.

  • Attracting tech talent. It’s all about pay and flexible working. The top three factors were: pay (59%), work/life balance (40%) and flexible working (30%). It’s only when we get past these that we begin to see factors that relate directly to the company or job role: working on innovative projects, company culture and a good boss.

  • An age of constant reskilling. Almost three in ten expect their current skills to stop being attractive to employers within three years. That proportion rises to six in ten within six years. Testers and Operations feel the most pressure to keep their skills up to date. The roles where there is least pressure to update skills are the ones that require human skills rather than technical skills, such as management and programme management roles.

  • Cross-training into tech is common. Over a third of technologists came from outside the sector, and in the case of Business Analysis and Business Intelligence almost half were not originally technologists. Even in highly technical roles like Software Engineering, almost one-fifth cross-trained.

  • Does social purpose have a purpose? Only one in ten consider social purpose one of their top three factors in choosing a job. However, organisations that have a social purpose perform much better on retaining their people. Women and people in their twenties are most likely to value social purpose.

For more information about the survey and to request a full copy of the results, please visit www.harveynash.com/techsurvey or email michelle.thomas@harveynash.com.

About Harvey Nash
Leading technology recruitment
We are masters of technology recruitment, helping organisations find the very best talent - from software developers to business transformation leaders. With over 30 years’ experience and global reach, we have an unparalleled knowledge and capability in all areas of technology.

We are part of Harvey Nash Group, a leading global professional services organisation with three key areas of focus: Technology recruitment, IT solutions and Leadership services.

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