Readers of this blog are well aware of the importance of the growing IT skills gap. With technology evolving at a rapid speed, finding the right devices and services to use, along with the talent to manage them, is becoming increasingly difficult.
This can be seen in the unemployment rate. According to a recent report released by Dice.com, the national unemployment average is 7.7 percent, but when it comes to IT professions it is much lower at 3.5 percent. However, the rate does vary, depending on job function. There has also been a significant increase in two other areas: consulting or temporary workers and women in the industry.
"Companies want to remain flexible because there continues to be a fair amount of economic uncertainty," Dice VP of corporate communications Jennifer Bewley told InfoWorld. "Shortages in particular fields also drive companies to utilize consulting firms to push projects through."
The report found that temp positions grew 6 percent year-over-year and while that number may seem small, it represents more than double of what early projections were.
Women are traditionally underrepresented in the tech field but have made "significant gains on the consulting front," according to Dice. The number has grown by more than 15,000 opportunities over the last nine years and roughly 4 percent of the new consulting positions created during the first quarter of this year were awarded to women.
IT Principles have found themselves in a desperate search for impactful talent that is opening the door for more qualified professionals to get an opportunity, regardless of gender. VARs and MSPs also fall under the consulting umbrella that many companies are turning to during this time. By partnering with VAR Staffing, any solution provider can ensure they are offering the impactful talent the IT channel desires.