As we look ahead to 2022 and to engineering a better, more robust and sustainable future, IT leaders and CIOs are predicting an accelerated continuation of many of the issues that have faced business in 2021, but in a way that will see business thriving, not just surviving. Tech talent shortages notwithstanding, 2022 looks set to be an exciting year for tech-invested businesses. From increased reliance on AI to carry out repetitive tasks, giving employees the time to get on with thinking and innovating, to increased democratisation of data pointing to a no-code revolution, both the capability of data to improve our lives and the need to adopt different skillsets within the industry. Ahead of our Tech Trends round up in 2022, a look at those things that will have a bearing on Data & Analytics recruitment as we approach the new year.1. Solutions to the ongoing talent shortage With the Great Contemplation threatening to further impact the already taut recruitment market (there are currently in excess of 18,000 roles being advertised on LinkedIn alone), traditional firms look set to increase salaries to attract talent, while future-fit organisations will use cloud-first and platform-based architectures to adopt low-code solutions to alleviate the need for the most advanced technical skills, according to Forrester.2. Hybrid workingAs evidenced in our Data & Analytics Salary Guide 2021, where we see the number of women in data and analytics dropping by 2 per cent compared to the previous year, women and middle managers are set to lead the Great Resignation in 2022, with work-life balance remaining a key influencer. The future of work is likely to remain agile and those businesses that adopt a hybrid working culture will maintain a competitive advantage in tech recruitment. McKinsey estimates that more than 20 per cent of the global workforce – mainly those in high‑skilled roles in verticals such as finance, insurance, and IT – could work remotely most of the time without any impact on productivity.3. Evolving roles As reported by colleagues in The Nordics, Germany and France, 2021 has seen the evolution of a new role in data & analytics. With the growth in digital retail and e-commerce, brands are leaning on their marketing teams to find innovative ways to grow market share. So, the demand for candidates that speak the language of both data science and marketing & insights will continue to grow. At a higher level, CIOs furnished with wider business skills will be well placed to lead product teams and wider data initiatives pointing to business success.4. CIOs take a place at the table According to Techrepublic, the role and skills of the CIO will evolve in 2022 with many highly effective tech leaders moving into CEO roles. As CIOs need to establish credibility to lead large-scale change management, they will be given a seat at the table and heavily influence the boardroom agenda. If you are looking to change your future, and are considering a move in Data & Analytics, Software Engineering or Marketing & Insights in 2022, get in touch. In the meantime, we wish our clients, candidates and readers a safe and restful holiday season and a healthy New Year.