Key Takeaways from Alteryx's AI Workforce Study
Mokshita P.
Artificial Intelligence

Key Takeaways from Alteryx's AI Workforce Study

Alteryx's study reveals a demand for new roles like Chief AI Officer while mentioning the importance of soft skills alongside technical expertise for a successful AI-integrated workforce transition.

In a report unveiled by Alteryx, important insights into the workforce dynamics created by AI have emerged, changing the landscape of the labor market in the UAE. Titled "Defining the Enterprise of the Future," the research mentions the imminent change and obsolescence of existing roles, necessitating adaptation in skill sets among professionals to thrive in the AI-infused business ecosystem.

Anticipating the transition, business leaders and recruiters in the UAE are preparing for a shift in hiring practices, aligning with the increasing pace of technological advancement. The study reveals a disparity between the current emphasis on hiring criteria and the requisite attributes for maximising the benefits of AI.

Key findings from the research indicate the emergence of novel roles as organisations gear up for the future. Foremost among these are the projection that 60 percent of respondents foresee the critical necessity of a Chief AI Officer to spearhead an AI strategy integrating various business facets, from IT and compliance to HR and People teams. Notably, the survey highlights a demand for roles such as software engineers (37 percent), AI applications engineers (32 percent), and AI research scientists (31 percent), underscoring the urgency in adapting to the changing technological landscape.

Conversely, fewer respondents prioritise roles such as AI whisperers and prompt engineers, albeit foreseeing their importance as AI transitions from exploration to wide scale deployment. Furthermore, the research delineates a trajectory for data and IT teams, indicating the obsolescence of skill sets like single-language software development and repetitive coding, while advocating for decentralisation to facilitate seamless data accessibility across organisational silos.

Despite the demand for AI-related skills, the study unveils a prevalent bias towards technical proficiencies over soft skills, a trend that raises pertinent questions regarding recruitment priorities. While acknowledging the widening AI skills gap, a considerable portion of businesses continue to prioritise hard skills over soft skills, neglecting the important role of human-centric attributes in boosting collaboration and critical thinking.

Commenting on the imperative of workforce preparation, Libby Duane-Adams, Chief Advocacy Officer at Alteryx, emphasised the necessity for cultivating a culture of creative problem-solving and data literacy across all organisational levels. Duane-Adams mentioned the importance of continuous investments in upskilling and training opportunities to empower employees to harness the potential of AI ethically and responsibly.

In light of the rapidly changing AI landscape, the findings underscore the urgent imperative for businesses to shape the future workforce, boosting an environment conducive to innovation and adaptability. Failure to embrace this wave risks relegating organisations to the periphery of a future defined by the era of intelligence.