Tuesday 16 January 2018

David D’Arcy: Don't be afraid - tech firms also need staff with old-style skills

THIS week's jobs announcements by Paddy Power and Kerry Group may elicit reactions of both hope and despair from many struggling to cope with recession.

Hope among the business community that the announcements indicate a genuine recovery; and hope among those people with the specialist skills that their future here is not as uncertain as it might once have seemed.

On the other hand, those who are mystified by the arcane language required to write the simplest smartphone "app", or whose knowledge of "food science" does not exceed that needed to fry an egg may despair that the new digital world is moving away from them and their skills.

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