Mobile and cloud computing are the future for IT contractors

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Demand for IT contractors will be strongest in mobile computing and cloud services in the future, according to recruiters.

Contractor UK asked three separate IT recruiting firms which skills had been in the greatest demand so far this year and at present, as well as which specialisms will be the most highly sought in the future. Given the way that business technology and internet usage appear to be developing, it may not be a surprise that demand for expertise in different areas of mobile technology skills was an area of common ground.

According to Jenrick IT’s Philip Fanthom, “all things to do with mobile” are enjoying strong demand at the moment, with user interaction right at the forefront: as interest in interactive services which employ JQuery framework or the JSON data interchange standard continues to grow, contractors with a track record in Javascript are becoming the objects of ever-stronger interest from clients.

SQ Computer Personnel agreed that Java development skills are among the hottest commodities at the moment. SQ also added. Net skills into the mix, indicating a lack of specialists in this area that Hays IT supported.

Hays also reported that app analysts and virtualisation engineers were noticing higher levels of interest from end-clients, suggesting that companies are continuing to invest in expanding into mobile channels.

But businesses are also looking at their internal systems and turning to self-employed professionals for help. Business analysis skills were highly sought according to both Hays and SQ. Hays added that consultants and functional analysts on enterprise resource planning systems were among their most-wanted contractors, demonstrating that budget-conscious companies are looking to become more efficient and willing to pay for specialist skills to help them achieve it.

Cost-cutting is behind a rise in the outsourcing of IT systems, although some companies are taking systems in-house for the same reason. This is why Hays explained that transition project consultants were in demand both for insourcing and outsourcing. According to Jenrick, IAAS project experience is another hot commodity, both from client and supplier’s side.

Organisational change being introduced in several sectors is likely to affect demand for project managers, as well as those with expertise in the financial sector or technology change. Banking regulator the Financial Services Authority has been disbanded and replaced with two separate organisations - the Prudential Regulation Authority will be part of the Bank of England (BoE) overseeing financial services firms, while the Financial Conduct Authority will supervise the City. BoE’s Financial Conduct Authority will instruct both regulators on the enforcement of the Banking Reform Bill, which will bring in huge administrative changes to protect the retail arms of banks from high-risk trading.

It is no surprise that recruiters expect the trend towards mobile expertise to keep expanding, either. According to a report by Markets and Markets, the total international smartphones market is predicted to be worth as much as $150.3 billion (£98.5 billion) by next year. The devices already account for 14 per cent of the global market share for mobile phones and it is anticipated that that figure will continue to grow. In particular, the subsector of the market devoted to business smartphones is forecast to grow faster than others as companies become more mobile and ‘bring your own device’ systems grow in popularity.

By Victoria McDonnell

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