For IT contractors, ensuring that you possess the most in demand skills is essential to guaranteeing that you keep up with the demands of an ever-changing industry. Knowing which skills are required can be a guessing game as technology advances so often.
Contractor UK have provided a detailed list of the most in demand skills for IT contractors, as well as emerging skills for 2017. See both lists below:
From both lists it is clear to see that knowledge of a variety of software, platforms, tools, etc plays a significant role in the skills of an IT contractor. However, successful IT contractors will also possess a number of skills and a wide scope of knowledge that we believe are essential in the current climate. In particular, skills and knowledge in relation to cyber security and data protection will have significant impact of the skill set required of an IT contractor.
One of the top issues that face businesses across the UK is ensuring that their systems and data is protected from cyber attacks and hacking. A major change that will significantly affect IT contractors will be the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May 2018. The new data protection regulations will require a business’ systems and processes to ensure privacy.
As we can see, as technology advances and new legislation is introduced, the skills required of an IT contractor will adapt and new skills will emerge. Keeping on top of industry changes will guarantee that IT contractors stay at the top of their game.