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Tech Talent Insights & Trends - 2024

We explore the most current developments and trends influencing the tech talent market in 2024, as part of our recent partnership with Pioneer Search, a top tech and transformation recruiter for the London Market and Specialty Insurance industry.

It is clear that the London Market and Specialty Insurance industry has shown remarkable resilience and flexibility throughout the challenging years of 2022 and 2023, which were characterised by dramatic changes in the nature of the tech talent market and the standardisation of pay. The rise of the remote worker is one of these shifts that has raised important concerns over the nature of work in the future and how best to attract and retain top talent.

Following the IR35 reforms in 2021, the London Market was exceptional in its management of contractor working status challenges, which resulted in stable pricing for contractor day rates. However, the emergence of the remote worker is the overriding issue that affects all job categories. Flexible working patterns, the need for physical presence, and the feasibility of hybrid working models are fundamentally questioned by this movement.

Could London Market and Specialty Insurance benefit from using remote workers? Is it necessary for contractors to operate from a certain place of work? These inquiries highlight the changing dynamics of today's technology workforce, where established standards are giving way to innovative ideas.

As we embark on the ever-changing tech talent landscape, we delve into the latest trends shaping the market at the moment:

The focus very much remains on software development, with Microsoft technologies in the driving seat. With the demand in no-code and low-code capabilities, there is an increase in the need for skills in C#.Net, Azure, and Power Platforms. In 2023, there was a remarkable success with diversity across software development, with 50% percent of candidate placements identifying as female.

Data science is still in its early stages of development within the London market, with many data scientists eventually transitioning to data engineering. New developments in Machine Learning and AI are driving a convergence of Actuarial functions with Data Science, despite early scepticism.

The adoption of Blueprint Two in 2024 has contributed to the spike in demand for experienced architecture professionals, which is widely recognised as the backbone of the IT sector. In the contracting and interim world, many architects work outside of IR35, meaning those with deep subject expertise are now able to command six-figure salaries.

But even with all these innovations, the London Market and Specialty Insurance sector is still facing challenges. There is a shortage of talent because of the post-BREXIT climate, the IR35 tax changes, and the proliferation of hybrid work patterns. Salary and contract day rate increases across the board are likely to occur as businesses compete for the best talent.

To sum things up, the London Market and Specialty Insurance scene is at a turning point in terms of change and innovation. Embracing remote work, supporting diversity, and investing in people development will be crucial for staying ahead in the digital race as it navigates the challenges of a quickly developing tech ecosystem.

Whether you’re struggling to recruit hard-to-find tech talent for your business or looking to elevate your tech and change functions to stay ahead of the curve in the competitive tech talent market, the team at Pioneer Search are here to help.
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