So, Just How Prepared Are You? – The INTERSECT17 Jobs Survey

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By Thinking Highways November 29, 2017 15:26

So, Just How Prepared Are You? – The INTERSECT17 Jobs Survey


“The future will be here before you know it,” so said a technology expert whose anonymity should save him from embarrassment, but if the results of the INTERSECT17 Jobs Survey, undertaken by GRIDSMART, Thinking Highways and ATI21, are anything to go by, the ITS sector is somewhat underprepared for the oncoming technological revolution.

The full results can be seen by clicking HERE but the responses make for interesting reading – and in some cases worrying reading if you’re a government department or OEM engaged in the advanced traffic management sector.

We asked our sample of just over 6000 ITS professionals 23 questions relating to how they saw their roles changing over the next five to 10 years, how prepared their employers were to meet the future challenges and how those organisations are upgrading their cybersecurity systems and practices.

The survey was sent to two of Thinking Highways’ databases: North America and Europe/Rest of the World to ascertain if certain feelings and concerns were shared on different continents, or if those sentiments differed wildly.  Question 6 provided a fascinating insight into how the continents are not necessarily thinking along the same lines.

The most popular answer from the Europe/RoW respondees was “Smart Cities” with 38% of the vote, whereas in North America “Autonomous & Connected Vehicles” was the most popular answer, with 30%.

In answer to Question 9 which asked how prepared their organisations were to hire and retain hi-tech/Internet of Things-skilled employees, 38% of Europe/RoW-based respondees claimed their place of work was “Very Prepared”, while only 16% of their North American counterparts agreed. “Somewhat Prepared”, with 40%, was the most popular answer in the US and Canada.

Question 20 saw one of the greatest discrepancies: in answer to the question ‘how important is it to improve the overall ITS industry brand to make it more attractive to job seekers’, some 50% of the European/RoW surveyed declared it Very Important, while that was the opinion of just 35% of those in North America.

Question 22 provided a similarly wide gap between the two regional responses, with a 25% differential. In answer to ‘How prepared is the ITS industry for creating its own innovative technologies to meet the growing demands of Smart Cities, CAVs and MaaS?’, only 21% of North Americans believed it was Very Prepared, while that figure was over 46% in Europe/RoW.

As a footnote, an average of 77% of replies from both surveys suggested that their prime source of ensuring their personal relevance was to read trade publications, but Mobile Comply founder and CEO Elaina Farnsworth was quick to dampen Thinking Highways’ enthusiastic response.

“That’s clearly great for you,” she said, “but for me that’s a concern. We did a similar survey five years ago and the figures were almost identical. Maybe the reason that people don’t seem quite as prepared for the future as they should be is that they are stuck in the past? Those numbers should, with all respect, be far lower than that.”

Click HERE for the full results in PDF format and HERE to listen to GRIDSMART CEO Bill Malkes discuss the results with Thinking Highways editor in chief Kevin Borras.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways November 29, 2017 15:26