Contractors working in the IT sector will be pleased to learn that more UK businesses should be investing into new IT projects over the next year.
Research from Robert Half found that the majority of CIOs surveyed (91%) are confident about their company’s likelihood to invest in IT projects in the next 12 months, with more than a quarter (27%)being ‘very confident’.
IT contractors with skills in virtualization, business intelligence, network administration and engineering, database management and programming languages should find themselves in high demand during 2014, according to Robert Half.
While CIOs expect to have a busy workload in the year ahead, they are also concerned about finding the right skilled technology professionals. The vast majority (90%) of CIOs say that it is either ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ challenging to find IT specialists.
The scarcest skills of all are in software development (cited by 40% of CIOs), security (32%), networking (32%), applications development (24%) and data/database management (24%).
Phil Sheridan, Managing Director, Robert Half Technology said, “It’s interesting that technology and innovation are seen as key tools for businesses to use for growth as the economy improves, and that this is reflected in both the number of IT projects planned and the nature of those projects – notably business intelligence and analytics, mobile solutions and application development.
Unfortunately the skills needed to service those projects are the ones in shortest supply. CIOs are likely to need to use a mixture of contract and permanent IT professionals in order to meet the demands of the business going forward.”
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