Contractors are needed to help companies achieve quick results as businesses kick start IT projects. However, permanent positions are still the favoured option and there is now more flexibility on salaries in order to secure the right candidate.
The next 12 months will be interesting as the world faces even more technological developments and businesses react and embrace that change. One thing is certain, there will always be great demand for great IT leadership.
Over the next year, we expect to see an increase in companies recruiting more juniors in an effort to ‘grow their own’ resource. The industry is changing and striving to self‑govern both itself and its talent with more people signing up to qualification frameworks such as SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) and BCS (British Computer Society – the Chartered Institute for IT). This in turn is encouraging employers to work with such organisations that support technical skills development.
However, technical knowledge is not enough on its own to succeed. Good communication skills and business acumen continue to be essential, as professionals must be able to clearly explain to directors and board members how investment in IT can give their organisation a competitive advantage. The modern IT professional will need a full suite of business skills to really develop their career trajectory.
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