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More UK businesses hiring IT contractors to fill cloud skills gap

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A new report has revealed that more UK firms are hiring IT contractors in order to adopt the cloud for IT systems.

Research from Robert Half Technology found that both cost and convenience were the reasons behind moving to cloud, with many CIOs believing that the economic benefits far outweigh the potential risks involved (such as security and data privacy concerns).

More than a third (36%) of CIOs report that the primary benefit of cloud is the ability to manage automatic software and security updates, while 35% say that reduced or eliminated capital expenditure is the primary benefit. 

Findings from the specialist recruiter’s report also revealed that one in five (21%) hire contractors to fill the cloud skills gap.

Ryan Rubin, Managing Director Protiviti, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robert Half, explained, “Despite the security risks associated with cloud, the majority of CIOs still believe that the cost and convenience of cloud computing outweigh the risks of migrating systems onto a cloud platform for many business cases. 

“Some of the risks associated with cloud services, such as ensuring that data is not moved across borders, dealing with outsourced cloud providers, maintaining confidentiality and availability of data stored in the cloud, should be actively be managed in organisations’ risk posture and security policies and practices.” 

Charlie Grubb, Associate Director, Robert Half Technology said, “From a resource point of view, all of the signs are that IT security professionals are in high demand. 

“CIOs need to consider how to ensure they have the right resources in place to manage the new cloud environment, whether that involves re-skilling existing teams or bringing in skilled contract IT professionals. 

“A common approach that we are seeing more of is to appoint an appropriately skilled and experienced contractor to lead a project and to encourage knowledge transfer to the permanent team, so that gaps are filled.” 

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