Insights and perspectives on this year’s survey… 


The Harvey Nash Technology Survey is one of the largest, in depth, reports in the sector


Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2016This year saw nearly 3000 respondents from 36 countries including the UK, Australia, Germany and the US. 

Most frequent job titles were Project Manager, Software Engineer and Developer



The Future of Tech

  • We asked people what they thought technology might be like in 20 years’ time…
  • 58 per cent of technologists believe technology will make our lives better, but that left a worrying 42 per cent unsure!
  • 92 per cent believe email will continue to exist
  • Over half (55 per cent) believe driverless cars will become commonplace
  • Physical books will still be in existence according to 88 per cent of respondents
  • 52 per cent say we won’t be able to differentiate between human and computer in a written conversation


Conversation starter: Why would 42 per cent believe that technology will NOT improve our lives over the next 20 years?  What is so enduring about email, that means most technologists believe it will still be around for many years to come?


Technology Influencers

  • Over half (52 per cent) of the respondents think Google will be the most influential technology company in the next 5 years
  • This is down nine per cent on last year
  • Support of Apple’s influence among the technology community has grown from nine per cent last year to 16 per cent


Conversation starter: Is Google losing influence?  What have Apple done to win over technologists, or is it a matter of others losing their appeal?



  • 56 per cent of respondents have been personally hacked in the past 12 months, up from 52 per cent
  • There has been a 7 per cent decrease in companies being hacked, 39 per cent from 46 per cent, suggesting organisations are becoming better at dealing with security      62 per cent are still willing to innovate, despite the risk


Conversation starter: How have you secured yourself from hacking? Do the recent high profile hackings make you think differently about your organisation’s security?


Borderless technology

  • 29 per cent of respondents do not work in the country where they were born
  • Switzerland has the highest proportion of technology workers who are working outside the country where they were born at 64 per cent, followed by Australia at 55 per cent and Ireland at 35 per cent
  • USA is still seen as the place most technologists would like to work in, with the UK and Ireland in second and third place
  • 55 per cent think their country will become more innovative in the next 5 years
  • Just over half of respondents (51 per cent) believe their government has the right balance between privacy and innovation, which drops to 39 per cent in the US


Conversation starter: How innovative do you think your country is? Where do you see the next big thing in technology coming from? Do you think your government is doing enough to encourage innovation?


Technology Careers

  • 77 per cent think a good salary is the most important factor when looking at a potential employer, jumping ahead of work-life balance which held the top slot last year
  • The number of those employed on a permanent basis has gone up to 71 per cent from 65 per cent last year
  • Over half of hiring managers (53 per cent) believe they are suffering from a skills shortage, with data analytics and developer skills being the most sought after
  • More technologists are looking internally to advance their role than last year, with 27 per cent now thinking they can advance at their current employer compared to 21 per cent in 2014


Conversation starter: Are you suffering a skills shortage? Have you overcome a skills shortage in the past? How did you resolve the situation?