Mobile specialist jobs are booming

Can you find enough Stylists, Pioneers or Jugglers to fill your mobile specialist vacancies? If not, you’re not alone: jobs for such mobile specialists are booming as financial service providers increasingly look to put in place mobile payment options, the former head of mobile banking at RBS told a London audience on Wednesday.

Fri, 13 Jul 2012
Can you find enough Stylists, Pioneers or Jugglers to fill your mobile specialist vacancies? If not, you’re not alone: jobs for such mobile specialists are booming as financial service providers increasingly look to put in place mobile payment options, the former head of mobile banking at RBS told a London audience on Wednesday.

Speaking at the 2012 CW Jobs breakfast briefing, Michael Nuciforo said that banks were recruiting IT professionals working outside the banking sector with experience in industries as wide-ranging as transport, media and e-commerce.
The exploding “app economy” will see a doubling over the next year of the current 40,000 UK jobs already connected with mobile technology, Nuciforo predicted.

Key skills that will be in demand are agile delivery practitioners, payment and contactless experts, data miners, user experience design specialists, operations and support with growth predicted in the Microsoft Windows, IM and possibly in BlackBerry arenas, and “developers developers developers”, he said.

Talent should be targeted to fill mobile roles, Nuciforo went on to say. Such talent could be categorised as:

  • The Stylist: Females under 34 who are motivated and interested in innovation
  • The Pioneer: Males between 18 and 34, confident with technology and looking for a (headhunting) chat
  • The Juggler: Married, typically between 24 and 44, experienced professionals who are embracing mobile.

Banks will also be seeking out “the start-up demographic” to attract into roles that will help develop the internal cultures and skills necessary to adapt to the new mobile banking environment.  

Within a few years, the UK will see “the decline of people working in branches” as mobile banking facilities evolve, Nuciforo predicted.

“The fascinating thing about mobile is how disruptive it is,” Nuciforo said. “Mobile has become an extension of us. It’s sort of our sixth sense.”

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