IT contractors with big data expertise in high demand

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Digital contractors with specialist big data expertise are in high demand as the IT sector continues to be blighted by a skills shortage, a new report reveals.

This is according to the the Morgan McKinley UK IT 2016 Salary Guide, which found that the country's digital industry is struggling due to a lack of skilled candidates.

However, this presents a wealth of opportunities for limited company contractors, freelancers and other self-employed individuals who are experts in specific digital fields, as they will be able to provide significant value to businesses at this troubling time.

In particular, it was found that companies prioritising big data, adtech and fintech - technology for the advertising and financial services industries respectively - require the greatest increase in staff as they expand their operations in these areas. This means that self-employed workers with niche expertise could find themselves in increased demand during the coming months.

Overall, the digital recruitment sector has experienced a 30 per cent rise in the number of jobs it has had to handle over the past five years, with the majority of these situated in London. In fact, Morgan McKinley believes that the next 12 months will see the number of digital tech companies based in the capital increase to reach 45,000, leading to even more employment opportunities, thanks to £12 billion extra economic activity.

Cem Baris, associate director of technology at Morgan McKinley, commented: "London is a very attractive destination and a growing number of technology companies are headquartered here, from large corporations to startups declaring the capital the technology epicentre of Europe.

"There is a renewed confidence in the economy within the sector and IT professionals are reaping rewards with many enjoying salary increases."

As a result, this means that self-employed individuals based in London or who are willing to travel to the capital for work are set to benefit from an increase in demand for their services and expertise.

The report also found that larger firms are increasingly losing out on the best IT talent to their small business counterparts, for several reasons. For instance, smaller companies are often better placed than big corporations to offer flexible working to their employees, as well as allowing them a greater platform to share innovative ideas and take on more responsibility, which in turn enables further career progression opportunities.

By Victoria McDonnell

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