Today in Europe, Developers are the most wanted professionals in the software sector and this trend will accentuate. The companies of tomorrow will also need people that have a good understanding of the day-to-day business activities. That’s why soft skills and business knowledge need to be integrated — in the way we train individuals for software roles, but also in the way we think and embed software in our organisations.
Developer is the most popular software role
In its 2020 The Future of Jobs Report, the World Economic Forum listed the top 20 job roles where the demand will skyrocket. Almost all jobs on that list are ICT related — with Developers firmly holding the 10th position. A trend largely confirmed by our recent findings where 45% of organisations estimated they will need extra Developers in the next five years.
The European Software Skills Alliance’s (ESSA) report goes further and tentatively identified the skills in highest demand among software professionals.
Soft and profession-related skills are key
Again, looking at the predictions of the World Economic Forum (2020), we can only confirm and strongly advise people with software roles to not only grow their hard skills, but invest in non-technical (transversal) skills like personal soft skills or interpersonal skills: critical thinking & analysis, self-management, teamwork, and communication skills.
Of course, soft skills are harder to assimilate when only relying on theoretical knowledge. Thus, it is important to introduce more systematically real-life projects into learning and training curricula and programmes.
It has been discussed that profession-related skills are also to be developed. In this regard, our report findings show that security management, agile project management, and software development lifecycle skills are needed and that software professionals with an understanding of the business are the assets organisations are looking for — now and in the future.
“Even more important than teaching particular IT skills, like IT framework or programming languages, is teaching how to understand the business. Only if you can understand the purpose of the software solution, you can deliver a valuable product.”
Discover all the key findings
In October 2021, ESSA released a full report exploring current (and future) needs for software skills in Europe.
During the next step, we will address the conclusions of the report in a comprehensive document — the European Software Skills Strategy. Stay tuned!