IT is particularly well suited to the gig economy. Most projects require specific skill sets and have structured timelines. IT professionals who prefer to operate in a specific capacity, while also enjoying a level of flexibility, have found these economic shifts to be a blessing.
Currently, unemployment among IT professionals is particularly low. Many organizations are finding there are not enough available candidates to fill vacancies. The impending retirement of much of the baby boomer generation will make hiring challenges even more apparent.
With increased interest in “gig” employment opportunities on the part of job seekers, and the hiring difficulties many employers face, more organizations are embracing the concept of hiring short-term, project-oriented professionals to meet their needs. There are also some fringe benefits for all parties involved, and that may cause the IT gig economy to become the mainstream economy for those working in the sector.
The ability to shift between employers gives IT professionals the opportunity to truly hone their craft. Additional focus can be placed on specific skills and knowledge bases depending on their particular interests and talents. While this initially appears to put organizations at a disadvantage, as they may not be able to secure the best talent long term, it provides a benefit.
Since project-oriented IT professionals are not remaining with a single employer, that means they can leverage their talents anywhere. Organizations may be able to find higher caliber professionals who possess the unique skill set required to complete a project more efficiently. Then, once the project is over, and some of those skills may be less needed, the employee and organization part ways agreeably.
Aside from increased access to high-level talent, it also gives organizations and workers the ability to manage their needs as they arise. Workers don’t feel trapped in a position that is no longer inspiring, and businesses do not have to worry about the ramification of releasing employees whose skills are no longer needed. The dynamic between companies and the talent that support their operations can be flexible. Neither side has to commit beyond the next project, meaning each has the flexibility to manage themselves in a manner that suits the rest of their reality.
In some cases, a business may have a need for a particular skill set, but only on an irregular or part-time basis. And, that company is rarely alone. IT professionals can focus on their areas of choice and work multiple smaller positions designed to support their lives. Gigs may be longer term but can require only a few hours a week. That means workers can work with a variety of organizations based on their preference for different kinds of work. Every team benefits from having a skilled person available, while the worker gets the benefits of increased flexibility and the option to concentrate on their areas of interest.
While some consider this approach to one’s career or business needs as fragmented, it leads itself to full customization, which has the potential to benefit many.
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