Is 2015 the year of the IT contractor?

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Computing and technology contractors have had plenty to celebrate so far this year, with advancements in big data and mobile development sending demand through the roof.

Research from recruiter Robert Half UK suggests that corks could be popping right the way through 2015, as demand looks set to increase further over the coming months. It reveals that businesses view IT as being critical to growth, with 94% of companies predicting the sector will have a positive contribution.

Almost half (45%) of IT directors expect technology to improve customers’ transactional experience, while a further third (32%) predict to see an improvement in process and employee efficiency. The remainder thought that the sector would have a positive impact on the customer communication experience, or could deliver data to drive business insights and strategy.

The study predicted that IT professionals with skills in building efficient transactional systems would be most sought after, alongside mobile app developers and those experienced in improving customer communications. There is also expected to be robust demand for information security and compliance specialists.

Charlie Grubb, associate director of Robert Half Technology, said: “Companies are again turning their attention towards business growth, whether that’s achieved by doing more with less by becoming increasingly efficient without investing more, or by improving the customer experience in order to secure a larger market share.”

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