The Harvey Nash Tech Survey 2018

About the survey


one of the largest tech surveys in the world


from Namibia to New Zealand


different job titles
from software developer to CTO to robotics engineer

The Race of Your Life

Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis, @harveynashceo

If you work in tech (and given you are reading this we assume you do!) then you will be the first to recognize the need to stay ahead.

Skills you learnt five years ago are no longer the skills you need to thrive today. Activities that previously needed the expert skills and input of people, are increasingly being automated by AI based systems. Bespoke systems that required teams of in-house tech staff have been replaced by cloud-based systems, in some cases not even with the involvement of the tech team.

The march of technology affects everyone, and every year it does a little more of what humans do.

It’s a race.

And of course the winners in this race will be the organisations and people that keep on driving forward, that continually learn new ways to innovative and deliver value. They peddle hard because they are driven by a sense of the potential, and maybe a little paranoia.

Welcome to the 2018 Harvey Nash Technology Survey. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful in your business and career planning, as well as helping you win in the race of your life.

What you need to know

Some of the main take away facts from the Survey

If you want innovation, work for a younger organisation

An organisation 3 -5 years old is almost twice as likely to be ‘Very Innovative’ as one 20+ years old..

CTOs seen as more innovative than CIOs

Three in ten tech people believe the CTO is driving the digital agenda in their organisation; twice as many who feel it’s the CIO.

Age affects your career

Six in ten tech people over the age of 45 feel age will have a negative impact on their next career move*. Architects, Very Innovative organisations and women are less affected.

Bespoke software is dead

And alive. Whilst almost half of respondents think corporates will reduce investment in bespoke software, over half believe bespoke will increasingly be focused on innovation and differentiation in the market.

Don’t wait to be trained

95% of tech people are actively developing their skills. Almost 4 in ten are not waiting for their employer’s help and paying for training out of their own money.

Headhunter’s radar

Software developers remain the most in demand skill, but those developing skills in VR/ AR, automation, Big Data and DevOps are on the rise.

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Key Highlights

Winning the race of your life

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What did you say?

From New York to New Delhi, key comments from participants

What did you say?

From New York to New Delhi, key comments from participants

Marcus East, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Marcus East, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

'I think that it has never been more important for technology leaders to have a great understanding of the needs of business to help drive and embrace change. We need to be effective partners helping to shape the business strategy, not just developing solutions.'
Sandra Norval, CEO

Sandra Norval, CEO

'Diversity is more than just women in tech. I am regularly in meetings which are still white, middle class, male dominated and we need to nurture talent to bring diversity to the table, not token gestures, genuinely enabled talent. '
Neil S Roberts, Enterprise Architect

Neil S Roberts, Enterprise Architect

'I believe that technology is actually becoming less important, in many ways. Yes, it's an enabler, but there are many enablers out in the market. It is more and more about the people, and their ability to accept change and embrace new ideas and new ways of working. '
Mark Ellis  

Mark Ellis, Security Consultant

' From the Windows 10 key logger to the Google spy machine all the big tech companies and government agencies are busy profiling most of the world's population.  People have no idea how much is being collected on them.  After 200 likes Facebook knows you better than your wife knows you.'
Rachel Henderson

Rachel Henderson, Progamme Assurance Consultant

'One gender targeted only, will not allow for a stable future and traditionally boys/men were the go to gender. Stop and smell the future.... variety in all areas, really is the best approach.'
Graham Murray

Graham Murray, Technologist

'So called robots are a stop-gap solution where the simulated manual activity is automated. This stop gap will require to be replaced in due course leading to greater negative productivity than is already the case.'
Ulrike Laubner

Ulrike Laubner, Trainer and Author for Product management

'Personal and communication skills are still underestimated when it comes to collaborate to find innovations and commercialise them. '
Adedayo Anjorin

Adedayo Anjorin, Digital Business Analyst

'Technology enables businesses with unlimited capabilities and cost optimized solutions with attendant significant ROI thereby making tech careers to be in sky rocket demand and relevant in today's era of digital transformation.'
George Wilde

George Wilde, Senior Front-End Developer

'My biggest concern at the moment is the potential changes to IR35 legislation. I believe that a rollout of the changes seen in the public sector to the private sector would have a negative impact so dramatic it could cripple the UK's competitive position across all the global tech industries for many years to come. '
Geoff Adcock

Geoff Adcock, Independent business Transformation Consultant

'I believe the single biggest challenge to business is improving productivity. I see a phenomenal amount of waste everywhere I go - particularly in people-heavy business processes - which includes build and run functions within the technology sector. '
Marcelo De Santis

Marcelo De Santis, Startup mentor and corporate innovation advisor

'We are seeing that modern business models are built around technology platforms and ecosystems. The technology leader of the future is to envision and deliver business outcomes at the intersection of technology, data and customer experience. This requires a reboot of the CIO job description, it’s organization and the way we invest in tech for corporations. '
Éilish Newman

Éilish Newman, Business Change Manager

'I think the only certain thing is that due to technology evolving at light speed, in the workplace building change resilience is essential and change management should be embedded in organisational cultures, including upskilling managers to take their teams on the change journey to embed use of new technology in order to reap the benefits.'
Rod Furmston-Evans

Rod Furmston-Evans, Change Director

'Lean and XaaS are driving us to be Business and customer facing integrators. Silo roles are increasingly becoming marginalised.'
John Bridges

John Bridges, Transformation Director

'Many people want meaning in their work, and to be trusted to deliver, not just to earn a salary. Do employers realise that?.'
Angelo Maretti

Angelo Maretti, Marketing Product Manager

'Although everybody is concerned about data security and privacy, the world is moving towards being more and more connected. Our lives occur on the internet at such a high rate: social, sales...  The traditional way of handling relationships, both personal and commercial, is slowly declining. '
Simon Bradley

Simon Bradley, Programme Manager

'Regarding women in technology. Teams are made more effective by recruiting the right mix of skills and personalities. Age, gender, ethnicity are utterly irrelevant and are, I would argue, counter-productive as selection criteria. If you're the right person for the role I don't care what else you are!'
Susan Trapp

Susan Trapp, Programme Manager

'Technology roles are becoming more generalist. Developers need to be able to test, leaders need to understand technology, testers need to develop. Many are finding difficult to accept that they need to be more flexible and innovative. '
Ashwin Pawar

Ashwin Pawar, Senior Storage Engineer/Consultant

'Automation is certainly going to displace many jobs over the next seven to ten years, however many others will be created but will require different skills and much higher educational requirements such as Masters or Phds. OEM specific skills will be reduced to Product based companies and all the non-product based companies will employ people with Application specific skills rather than Hardware/software based'
Dr. Jan Farkas

Dr. Jan Farkas, Agile R&D Expert

'In the next decade, agile organizations with empathetic, visionary leadership will leave their competitors in the dust.'
Dave King

Dave King, CEO

'There are so many exciting things happening in technology; with its evolution moving quicker than ever. However, what we often see with our clients is an approach to change that believes technology will solve all of their challenges. Tech solutions are tools and have to be seen in context; firstly of the business value that they achieve and then in the contexts of People, Process and Data. If this doesn’t happen then digital technologies are just over-hyped promises that will  fail to deliver any true value.'
Alan Nicholsby

Alan Nicholsby, Retired Senior Project Manager

'I think cloud computing will also grow significantly as large organisations look to reduce costs by closing data centres.'
Anita Peil, PhD

Anita Peil PhD, Independent consulant and mentor

'In the small companies I mentor I have observed that effectiveness depends to a large extent on whether they have funding to do what they know they ought to do if they could afford it.  They can be clever, but they still need money.  Many times they just don't get quite what they need and this can lead to a kind of waste of part of the money they do have.'
Denis Beunard

Denis Beunard, Buyer

'Artificial intelligence will replace high value activities such as diagnostic (GP, Hospital, engineering)'
Ken Gaines

Ken Gaines, Technical Adviser – Digital Skills

'Developing young in country helps ensure training can move with needs of the time and rely on trained people out of date. Upskill older workers to balance new digital technology skills with depth and breadth understanding of the organisation for sustainable future.'
Richard Sharp

Richard Sharp, Commercial Consulting

'Tech becoming samey. Previously Inspiration was coupled with Perspiration to produce results, now it’s becoming Desperation & Homogenisation '


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