Posted: 9 Feb 2021
As 2021 predictions emerge from key players in the IT sector, Eolas Recruitment selects a few highlights.
Making accurate predictions is notoriously difficult. History is littered with examples of industry leaders who got it wrong, among them vacuum manufacturer Alex Lewyt who predicted in 1955 that nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners would probably be a reality within 10 years and the President of the Michigan Savings Bank who in 1903 told Henry Ford’s lawyer, “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.”
In the tech sector, Steve Jobs got it wrong in a 2003 interview with Rolling Stone magazine when he stated that the subscription model of buying music was bankrupt. The following year, Bill Gates suggested at the 2004 World Economic Forum that the problem of spam would be solved within two years. We’re still waiting for that to happen.
However, history also provides plenty of examples of predictions that proved to be surprisingly accurate.
Early examples include Nikola Tesla, born in 1856, who predicted the future advent of wireless data transmission. Move on a century and in a 1999 interview with Wired magazine, Jeff Bezos correctly predicted that online shopping would take hold by 2020 while Bill Gates, in his 1999 book, Business @ The Speed of Thought, predicted, “Constant video feeds of your house will become common, which inform you when somebody visits while you are not home.” The following year, The Simpsons predicted Donald Trump’s presidency in the ‘Bart to the Future’ episode!
Jump forward to 2020, and this time last year few were predicting the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic would have. However, the changes forced on companies due to concerns about public health have profoundly altered attitudes to remote working in many sectors.
So, what can we expect in 2021? Here are ten highlights from our round-up of this year’s tech predictions.
When it comes to making our own predictions for 2021, Eolas Recruitment anticipates plenty of new opportunities for permanent and contract IT workers.
“Already, we are seeing increased activity due to more new projects getting sign off for 2021. There is a lift in demand for Project Management and Programme Management contractors — a trend that is likely to accelerate over the coming months,” comments Senior Recruiter Stephen Daly.
Meanwhile, echoing some of the 2021 predictions highlighted in this article, Managing Director Vincent Flynn says Eolas Recruitment anticipates strong demand this year for software developers and engineers in areas like cloud projects, data privacy and IT security.
“For employers, now is the time to be thinking about resourcing requirements, focusing on blending permanent and contract roles because of the additional flexibility that this gives in uncertain times. For candidates, having an open mind when it comes to applying for roles is more important than ever in the current market. Taking on a temporary or interim role can be a great way to gain experience and advance your career in the industry. Keeping in touch with our specialist IT recruiters helps you to get to know what’s happening in the industry and where the best opportunities are,” says Vincent.
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