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Surge in demand for IT contractors with cloud skills

Monday 11th September, 2017
Limited Company
Personal service company contractors with skills relating to the installation and maintenance of cloud-based platforms are in increasing demand among UK businesses, a new report has revealed.

Research from cloud delivery platform Akamai UK based on data collated by IT Jobs Watch found that demand for workers with cloud expertise has increased by 116 per cent over the past 12 months.

There has been a 62 per cent rise in demand for contractors with experience using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, as well as growth of more than one-third (37 per cent) in the number of vacancies requiring candidates with experience using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Overall, 34 per cent more senior cloud engineering roles have been advertised over the past year, along with 18 per cent more vacancies for lower-level cloud engineers.

What's more, 149 per cent more roles requiring GIAC security essentials certification have been advertised, as well as 70 per cent more opportunities needing contractors to have certified cloud security professional status.

At the same time, demand for workers with security monitoring skills has risen by 12 per cent.

The biggest increases in demand were recorded for microservice knowledge (114 per cent over the course of the last year) and Kubernetes expertise, which was featured as a requirement in 248 per cent more job advertisements than 12 months ago.

Ian Florey, Solutions Engineering Manager at Akamai UK, commented: "The demand for increasingly complex and specific cloud skills is a sign that the UK is moving beyond simply adopting the cloud to embracing the benefits it can provide.

"With cloud technology becoming the backbone of business infrastructure across the world, demand for these technologies will increase."

As a result, limited company contractors currently working in the IT industry should be making sure they have at least basic cloud-related skills, as these are set to be in even higher demand in the future and could be the deciding factor when it comes to a client choosing the best candidate for a role.

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