Contract Workers are the Future of Tech

IT Contractors have become the new normal, and with on-demand services like Uber on the rise, contractors have gotten a lot of ink in the press lately. However, technology firms have been leading the charge when it comes to contract labor. In fact, it might surprise you to learn that Microsoft employs nearly two-thirds as many contractors as they do full-time employees, and small startups have increased their use of contract workers nearly two-fold since the early 2000’s.  There are several trends driving the adoption of tech contractors, which is reshaping the industry.

The IT Skills Gap

As more and more business functions become dependent upon secure technology, mobility, and analytics, the demand for highly-skilled professionals is outpacing the supply. Colleges and universities are not cranking out enough talent to meet the needs of today’s employers.  In an effort to bridge that gap, many companies lean on contractors to help them roll out high-level projects, ensuring access to the skills they need, when they need them.

Outsourcing Non-Core Tasks

IT has moved from a utility function to a driver of strategic business goals. This means that companies must keep their core technology staff focused on strategic initiatives. In order to maintain budgets and manage workflow, many companies use contractors to “farm out” work that falls outside of strategic initiatives.

Shifting Preferences of Technology Professionals

Top tech talent know that their skills are in-demand. They also know that if they choose to work short-term contracts, they can potentially earn more per year, get exposed to different work environments, get their hands in innovative projects and work around their personal schedules.  More experienced professionals crave stability, but younger techies prefer strong work-life balance, variety and the opportunity to make a big impact in a short time frame. They are willing to trade the security that comes with a full-time position for the upside of consulting and contracting.

The Affordable Care Act

Anyone who has been in the workforce for a while knows that healthcare benefits were once a major part of any job decision. The Affordable Care Act has created a safety net that did not previously exist, and since healthcare is now available to everyone, a benefits package is less important when considering job options. Contracting is now far more desirable to tech talent, now that they know they are able to access a health care plan, even if they do not have a “traditional” full-time job. Additionally, contractors who work through technology recruiting firms may also have access to that company’s benefits package, which gives them the best of both worlds – an employer-provided healthcare plan with the freedom to accept contract assignments.

If you are ready to see how IT contractors can help you use technology as a driver of success, it’s time to reach out to the award-winning team at Talon. Contact us today to learn about our proven track record of success and to discover the ways in which we can help you achieve goals today, tomorrow and well into the future.

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