with skills in technology, analytics and cybersecurity fields will be in high demand in 2019 as digital transformation emerges to be the top business agenda of organizations this year, according to a global survey by Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).
65 per cent of over 500 representatives surveyed said executive roles in technology, analytics and cybersecurity areas will see high demand in 2019, with over a third forecasting ‘digital leadership advisory’ to be a growing service to businesses, added the survey of people from leading executive search and leadership advisory firms surveyed firms.
Asian markets are expected to witness the strongest demand for these executive roles, with China, India, and Southeast Asia leading with the highest demand. China is likely to see 43.7 per cent demand, 41.4 per cent demand in India and 37.6 per cent in Southeast Asia.
A Finnish cybersecurity company, in its report November last year, said India has been the target of over 4.3 lakh cyber attacks from five countries including China, Russia and the US while more than 73,000 attacks were initiated from India between January and June this year. Cybersecurity threats have been a growing issue, globally.
Companies, the survey said, are realizing that digital transformation is largely a talent issue. Actualizing digital transformation across an enterprise requires the right culture to foster the transformation. As a result, the firms will also seek diverse board and C-level leadership to boost the morale of organizational agility and foster a culture of innovation, according to the survey.
“Companies are increasingly looking to the next generation of talent for the leadership they need to flourish in an Industry 4.0 business environment,” the survey said. More than 25 per cent of the representatives has predicted ‘developing next-gen leaders’ as the second issue for firms this year.