What skills is the IT industry missing?

Wednesday 22 March 2017

The IT industry is in a constant state of flux as new technologies and trends come onto the market every year. 

There are few industries that go through the same widespread changes as the IT sector, making it vital for professionals to regularly upskill themselves or face losing out to more recently educated candidates. 

As IT technology has developed so quickly, software and hardware can become unappealing fast. Self-employed professionals who choose to study a particular field of technology could find it upgraded or replaced within months, making it vital to stay ahead of the curve. 

Research from LinkedIn looked at some of the most in-demand skills in the jobs market at the end of 2016, finding that areas such as data, cloud and user interface design are all proving to be especially popular. 

The website identified that cloud and distributed computing has been at the number one spot for 2016 and 2015. It is also the top skill on several national lists, including France, Germany, India, Ireland, Singapore, the US and Spain. 

Data mining came in at number two, the same position as last year, with managers requiring cloud and distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining skills in order to compete with other companies. 

On the other hand, user interface design is being demanded more and more by employers as data becomes central to a number of products, causing more demand for candidates with user interface design abilities. These professionals can make products easier for customers to use and keep companies competitive. 

Data presentation is another popular skill in the market, coming in at the number eight spot and further emphasising the importance of data as companies move towards cloud storage. 

Self-employed professionals who have experience in data could be especially appealing to clients, as they have skills that some graduates and full-time employees will not. The high demand for the services also means data specialists in full-time roles could find more lucrative opportunities if they become freelancers, too. 

While the admin involved with becoming self-employed could discourage some people from taking the plunge into the sector, freelancer and contractor accountants can help to take away a lot of the burdensome paperwork that comes with it. 

By making sure your taxes and managed properly and that you receive the right amount of pay, these businesses can be the stepping stone you need to get your career as a contractor off to a great start. 

By Victoria McDonnell

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