The technology industry is arguably one of the fastest growing and evolving industries in the economy, with new developments pushing ahead by the second. It’s safe to say that since the first mobile phone was invented in April 1973, technology has completely transformed our worlds as we know it.
Technology has become firmly integrated into our everyday lives and is increasingly seen as a necessity both at home and in many workplaces. With computer brains far quicker than our own in processing data, technology has become increasingly useful in the workplace by fast-tracking tasks or removing them entirely.
One area of technology that is becoming increasingly implemented in the workplace is artificial intelligence (AI). AI allows for the astounding speed of collecting, processing and managing data, and as a result, enables great efficiency. Sectors that can greatly benefit in particular are the national health services, banking and legal industries. With these improving efficiencies, the job market is set to change drastically over the next few years, with a former Google Exec predicting that AI will replace 40 percent of jobs in the next 15 years.
Whilst fears about robots taking over jobs may be a reality with the rise of AI in the workplace, it’s important to note that new jobs will be produced in line with these advances in tech that we didn’t even know could exist, which is an immensely exciting prospect. The Google Exec stated that AI will allow entire new industries to be built from the ground up with automation in mind and whilst it will become cheaper than human employees, it will also create new roles, as well as replacing current ones.
At number one is Microsoft, which comes in as no surprise when its founder is famously known for being one of the world’s richest men and the company has been a leader in tech since it was founded in 1975. The tech giant has a whopping 1,964 AI job openings, equating to an impressive 36 percent of the total jobs they have on offer. This figure is particularly impressive when looking at other tech giants recruitment in AI, with all of them excluding Google having under 500 vacancies. Google comes in second when looking at the number of vacancies, with 837.
The second highest percentage of job openings relating to AI is computer game company Nvidia at 33 percent. The percentage of all their vacancies is staggering and it is likely that this technology will be immensely beneficial to the processes involved in creating and developing new games.
The world’s most popular social media site and streaming platform, Facebook and Netflix are taking similar sized steps when it comes to recruiting in AI, with both recruiting 6 percent of their total roles to AI-related jobs. Amazon comes in at recruiting even less at just 2 percent of its total 18,781 roles on offer, coming in at 15th on the leaderboard.
Arguably the world’s largest tech company in the world today, Apple, comes in at a surprisingly low 12th, with 129 AI jobs available, which is just 3 percent of their total vacancies. Known for being one of the most innovative companies in the world - alongside Google - Apple’s percentage may be low due to the fact that they are even more forward-thinking than other tech giants, and have already recruited the majority of their AI roles a few years back.
With the technology sector prioritizing the rise of AI, which sectors will be next to drive up the market and boost their recruitment in AI too?