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If you’re already an IT umbrella contractor or thinking of becoming one, this is all the proof you need that it’s a great decision! According to the latest research by the PCG, out of 1.4 million freelancers and contractors in the UK, 574,000 of them are IT contractors, and around 200,000 of those use an umbrella company like Contractor Umbrella.

It was comforting to see that, when compared to the situation in the early naughties, many organisations – especially financial businesses – are now using IT contractors and replying on them even more than at any time previously. As of now, it appears that there are two main issues which are causing employers to hire specialist IT umbrella contractors – a need to improve information security and a requirement to develop cloud computing technologies. And both are areas where umbrella contractors can really shine, by delivering these skills against a backdrop of past projects and a more varied range of experience than their permanent colleagues can hope to acquire!

It’s also worth mentioning that the more recent growth in mobile technologies as an everyday tool has also created increasing opportunity for IT contractors, especially those who are highly experienced in developing mobile applications for both iPhone and Android. You only have to look at the App Store and the Android Marketplace to see what a thirst for these types of technologies there now is. All of which means a bright and varied future for umbrella contractors . . .

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