RPA presents high potential growth as organisations invest in automation
The survey found that 97% of RPA professionals are happy with their careers. 63% of them say they are very satisfied, up from 51% last year, suggesting that RPA developers are busy with their work despite the business disruptions over the past year.
In addition, 87% believe that RPA will have a positive impact on society.
Another key finding from the report is that RPA is seen as a rapidly growing and desirable field that is relatively easy to transition into.
Additionally, hiring in the industry remains high, with 77% expecting their company to hire more RPA developers in the next 12 months, up from 70% last year.
RPA is a diverse field of software development, the report says.
There is evidence of improved gender and age diversity: 20% of RPA experts who responded are women and half of those surveyed are over 30 years old.
It is encouraging that among a selection of students surveyed for the first time this year, 82% consider a position at RPA after graduation because of their interest in the technology and their belief that it is a meaningful work.
The most important reasons for change include a desire to advance their career (78%), raise their salary (78%) and learn new skills (76%).
85% of respondents have started working from home and most are still doing it (as of April 2021).
While 90% of RPA developers want to continue working from home at least part of the time, those new to remote working have faced challenges including difficulty separating (47%) and collaboration (46%).
Tom Clancy, senior vice president of UiPath Learning, said, “Automation opens up tremendous potential for companies to better serve customers and become more agile and resilient, expanding a career category to include people of all backgrounds and skill levels.
“It’s exciting to see both more diversity and fulfilling careers flourish in the automation industry.