The it gig economy: are freelances or ftes your best fit?


Talk about the IT skills gap often sounds alarmist. After all, with post-secondary schools now creating tech-specific programming and companies aware of the value offered by full-time equivalent (FTE) specialists, the so-called gap can’t be so worrisome, right? Not quite.

According to Bloomberg, 45 percent of small businesses can’t find qualified applicants to fill job openings in the technology sector. And the biggest gap in IT skills? Cybersecurity.

So should IT leaders double down on company benefits and pair up with post-secondary schools to hire interns and recruit new talent? Maybe. But there’s another option: the gig economy. Here’s a look at the ins and outs of hiring freelancers to fill your IT talent gaps.