Why IT Managers Are Turning to Freelancers

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Why IT Managers Are Turning to Freelancers

    Why IT Managers Are Turning to Freelancers

    By bringing on freelancers, IT managers can get more work done and can better balance their teams to meet deadlines without having to delay or cancel projects.

A growing number of IT department managers reported that the hiring market for technology talent has gotten more difficult over the past year, and the majority of them said they need to hire freelancers to support IT needs, according to a recent survey from Upwork. The resulting "Future Workforce IT Report" reveals that most IT managers said they've had to evolve in their approach to hiring in order to maintain a competitive edge. By bringing on freelancers, their department gets more work done, and they can better balance teams to meet project demands. The IT managers also avoid the delay or cancellation of projects or the extension of deadlines. "The tech talent gap has reached a crisis point," said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork. "Companies are struggling with a widening tech skills gap, particularly in areas such as AI, IoT and robotics. The shortage of skilled tech professionals has become a major concern for companies. To help bridge the gap, companies are innovating their talent strategies by leveraging freelancers with the specialized skills they need to develop new technologies." More than 200 IT managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2017-08-15
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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