By Lynne Gowers on 14th April 2015

Lack of skilled IT contractors highlighted in new report

Many companies are failing to find the right IT contractors to meet their needs, according to a new study.

Research from Node4 revealed that many UK enterprises cannot find contractors with vital IT skills needed to support their businesses.

Therefore, those freelancers with the correct experience and knowledge could be well-placed to take advantage of opportunities offered by firms.

The study found 65 per cent of small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are likely to outsource their IT support as they have reservations about handling it themselves. Interestingly, 79 per cent admitted feeling ‘frustrated’ with their current IT set-up.

In a number of areas of the UK, the shortage of IT skills was more acute, with 65 per cent of companies in the south-east having problems finding the right IT professional, compared to 45 per cent in London.

Business development director at Node4 Paul Bryce explained: “The nationwide struggle for skilled talent is a major concern for businesses.

“With a large number of SMEs frustrated with technical limitations and the day-to-day administration of their infrastructure, it’s hardly surprising that local outsourcing has become a preference so that organisations can continue to win more business, beat the competition and succeed.”

Freelancers may want to consider increasing their current IT qualifications to take advantage of this strong demand and secure more contract work.

Written by Lynne Gowers
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