Contractors working in the technology sector will be very pleased to hear that a latest report has revealed that IT employment is set to grow significantly within the next eight years.
The research has been conducted by e-skills, an organisation that works with the government, IT professionals and IT training providers to ensure Britain has adequate IT skills, to essentially support economic recovery.
Freelancers specialising in the sector will be interested to hear that the results found that between now and 2020, IT employment is set to rise at almost twice the national average. E-skills have calculated that up to 129,000 new recruits a year will be needed in order to fill just the UK’s existing telecoms and IT space.
IT contractors with specialist skills might be interested to hear that the type of jobs will be aimed at managerial/senior professionals, including software experts, ICT managers and IT strategists/planners (67%); technicians (17%), skilled tradesmen, such as telecoms/computer engineers (8%) and administrative roles such as database assistants (8%).
E-skills have said that there is a ‘much more complex picture of restructuring and skills shift’ which has been due to offshore outsourcing:
“The move of certain IT activities to lower cost countries over recent years is creating challenges in terms of career paths and skills development.
“However, [this is] also creating opportunity by enabling significant sector growth and growing skills needs, in particular there are immediate requirements focusing around areas such as cloud computing and security and data protection.”