Call it lingering doubts about the economy, call it the new normal, but a recent survey of IT executives shows that more are interested in using contract workers in lieu of full-time employees.
The online survey of nearly 3,000 IT leaders was conducted by the Inavero Institute and global technology staffing company TEKsystems.
The big picture is one of a troubling trend for full-time IT workers. According to the survey, 40% of IT leaders "expect to increase temporary IT headcount in the next three months, up from last quarter’s 36%."
Which, of course, also means something else. As TEKsystems notes in an official statement, 38% of respondents plan to hire more full-time IT staff, down from 41% in the second quarter.
While the survey's results may be disappointing to IT workers seeking a full-time gig, there was good news for several types of specialists. Asked, "How difficult is it currently to find exceptional people to fill each of the following types of IT-related positions?" nearly two-thirds of the IT executives indicated it was difficult for them to find good enterprise architects (65%), followed by cloud architects (58%) and security specialists (51%).
Conversely, here are the jobs for which finding good people apparently isn't a daunting challenge, according to the survey's IT execs: help desk/desktop support (12%), technical writer (23%) and systems administrator (27%).
While offering no numbers, the survey also concluded:
* Financial services firms have a harder time filling positions for database administrators (DBAs)
* IT companies struggle to fill openings for systems administrators, business intelligence specialists, business process engineers, network architects and .NET developers.
* The telecommunications industry has an easier time filling openings for cloud architects, network architects, enterprise architects, sysadmins and DBAs.
The first item, about financial services firms and DBAs, makes sense. As TEKsystems market research director Tania Lavin said in a statement: "The preponderance of data related to financial transactions that must be warehoused and mined for business success and regulatory compliance heightens the quantity of needs for DBAs in the financial services vertical."
The second item -- IT companies struggle to find qualified IT workers -- is either ironic or sad.