AI a growth opportunity for the IT industry or a threat? No Fluff Jobs report

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AI a growth opportunity for the IT industry or a threat? No Fluff Jobs report

As many as 94% of IT professionals in Poland use artificial intelligence (AI) solutions at work, shows the No Fluff Jobs report ‘AI on the IT labour market. Concerns, hopes and prospects’. The Polish IT industry has welcomed these solutions with open arms and is trying to adapt them to its needs. Both companies and employees see artificial intelligence as an opportunity for growth, but quite a large proportion of the latter fear that they will lose their jobs due to AI.

Although the widespread availability of AI-based tools is still a novelty (after all, ChatGPT debuted in late November 2022), Polish IT companies are already using them massively. As we mentioned in the lead, 94% of IT professionals in Poland, use AI solutions at work. Another 5% intend to do so, and only 1% are reluctant to do so.

Which of these tools are used most often? The most popular should come as no surprise – it is, of course, ChatGPT, which is used by as many as 80% of respondents. This is followed by: Copilot (37% ), GPT-3/4 (27%) and AutoGPT (24%).

And how does the use of these tools translate into the work of IT professionals? 43% say they are more productive thanks to AI-based solutions. 36% feel that they are completing more tasks, in addition to working for less time than before (more than half say they work between one and two hours less per day). Only around 3% felt no change at all.

Those working in IT want to increase their knowledge of how to use AI-based solutions in their position, with nearly 3 in 4 respondents declaring this. And around 17% would like to change their current specialisation to one related to the development of AI tools. Many IT companies support their employees in the development of AI competences. 43% have introduced upskilling or reskilling professional development paths for their employees.

Although IT professionals are keen to use AI-based solutions while doing their work, 29% of them fear that artificial intelligence will take over their duties in the next few years. However, when it comes to IT business executives, 50% of them believe that AI will create more jobs than it will cut (the opposite view has 25%), according to the World Economic Forum’s study „The Future of Jobs Report 2023”.

There may not be many AI-related IT job advertisements as yet, but the emergence of AI-based solutions has resulted in the creation of new jobs for as many as 40% of IT companies in Poland. In turn, 21% of them increased the number of full-time positions due to the rapid development of AI solutions. In contrast, job cuts were made in 18% of the companies surveyed.

Although the share of the AI category in the total number of IT job advertisements in Poland is not large, it is growing (it was 0.98% in 2022 and 1.36% this year) and will probably continue to grow all the time. Influenced by the spread and development of solutions based on artificial intelligence, 25% of IT companies want to increase employment according to the report „AI on the IT labour market. Concerns, hopes and prospects”.

Currently, people with many years of experience in machine learning, NLP or knowledge of the Python programming language are mainly in demand. Despite the need for specific knowledge and skills, there is no shortage of applicants, with an average of around 30 people, according to No Fluff Jobs statistics. It is hardly surprising to see such a number of applicants – AI is, along with Security, DevOps and Big Data, one of the highest-paid categories in IT.

What are the companies’ plans for the development of artificial intelligence solutions? They most often point to the introduction of a results-only work enviroment (ROWE). This was followed ex aequo by ordering the use of AI tools for specific tasks and spending one day a week on AI education. The ideas of reducing working hours are already much less popular.

Of the few companies that do not allow their employees to use AI tools, one of the main arguments is that they tend to generate errors. And there is a lot of truth in this. According to the study „Symmetry between humans and technology” conducted by Symetria in June this year (we will write more about it in an one of the upcoming post), 77% of respondents received false information when using ChatGPT. It is therefore important to verify them.

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