Major opportunities are opening up in the UK and Europe for contracting IT professionals with know-how about the Internet of Things (IoT), professional services company Procorre has revealed.

In fact, Procorre is warning that demand from businesses for contracting consultants who can advise on IoT matters is growing so rapidly that there is a danger of it outstripping supply in the coming months.More and more organisations beyond the technology sector are adopting or planning to adopt IoT strategies, driving an unprecedented demand for skilled consultants capable of managing the transition.

IoT technology enables devices to connect to and communicate with other devices, applications and users via the Internet. IoT-enabled devices have burgeoned, currently outnumbering the global human population by a factor of 15:1. Data harvested from these connections is changing the way that business is conducted. According to research by the McKinsey Global Institute, IoT technology is on course to achieve a global economic impact of US $11 trillion per annum by 2025.

Procorre’s Head of Relationship Management, Wiktor Podgorski, said: “The IoT boom has already seen the growth of ‘Head of IoT’ roles in some tech companies. This is now spreading into other sectors and we are experiencing strong demand for contractors with a mix of expertise in sensor software and hardware, data management, analysis and delivery. There is also a growing requirement for individuals who can perform a critical role managing the relationship between IT teams and boardrooms in organisations that are just beginning to see the opportunities IoT can offer them.”

Analysis of the IoT contractor consultant market across Europe reveals a strong growth in its numbers in the UK, a trend which is mirrored in Italy and France. These three countries account for more than half of the European consultant market. Elsewhere on the continent, however, the numbers are comparatively small.

Podgorski warned of a short-term shortage of IoT consultants in Europe beyond its core markets. He encouraged Umbrella Company techies and other contracting IT pros to seize the “massive opportunity” presented by forward-looking businesses as they embrace IoT by acquiring the key skill areas needed.

Procorre has found that demand for data security specialists is growing especially strongly, a finding in line with a Harvard Business Review survey, which found that 46 per cent of early IoT adopters have faced security compliance issues. In fact, the biggest barriers to IoT adoption faced by businesses today reside precisely in the area of privacy and data protection. This follows a series of high-profile security issues related to IoT technology and is currently driving strong demand for IT contractors who can bring cyber security expertise to IoT strategies.

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