Niche roles available for IT contractors according to survey
Recruitment agencies for contractors in the IT sector are still struggling to find the right candidates for the roles they are trying to fill for their clients, according to a recent survey. The increasing demand for applicants is compounded by the fact that many vacancies require specific skill sets and experience, suggesting that those contractors who invest in their training and improving their skills will be able to benefit from a broader range of opportunities.
The survey, which was carried out by a supply management company, has found that contractors tend to favour front-end roles in business analysis and project management. This has led to a shortage of skilled and experienced candidates for the more specialist roles in IT, such as development, security and architecture.
As a continually expanding sector, the availability of IT roles is on the increase, meaning that the contracting workforce is flourishing, although competition is rife and the demand for qualified individuals far outstrips availability. Contractors are urged to seek out gaps in the market in order to maintain the demand for their skills.
The skills shortage has been bemoaned by recruiters for months, and with increasing market buoyancy, there are more IT contractors looking for work than ever before. Experts are predicting that demand for professionals will increase by around 10 per cent in 2016 and more than 50 per cent of agencies are expecting the overall demand for IT professionals to be high or very high. However, more than 40 per cent of recruiters are struggling to fill roles in IT development, and 25 per cent are having trouble finding enough candidates for IT architecture specialists, demonstrating that the increasing use of technology in business means that many are finding the skills gap to be an ongoing problem.
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