UK Contractors: Cybersecurity and data analytics skills in high demand
UK financial services companies are looking to invest in areas such as cybersecurity and data analytics, which could benefit IT contractors with the right skills.
Findings from a recent Robert Half survey revealed that over half (52%) of UK Chief Financial Officers (CFO’s) of financial services companies plan to increase spending in 2014 on cybersecurity, while 43% will spend more on data analytics and mining.
According to the recruitment firm’s survey of 100 CFO’s and Chief Operations Officers at UK financial services firms, the economic upturn has alleviated budget restrictions for many UK companies, allowing them to invest in growing and improving their business.
Robert Half Financial Services found that 64% of large UK businesses plan to upgrade technology in order to improve customer experience and 44% of small firms are looking to streamline business processes to further benefit their customers.
Neil Owen, Practice Director, Robert Half Financial Services, commented on the findings, “While cybersecurity is absorbing the lion’s share of budgets, regulatory reform is driving the hiring agenda, with companies accelerating recruitment efforts yet facing a shortage of professionals with the requisite skills and experience.
“Businesses that successfully implement an integrated governance, risk and compliance programme (GRC), thus aligning resources to business demands, should be able to drive efficiencies, reduce duplication of efforts and realise potential cost savings.”
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