Over the past couple of years, the digital skills gap has created an unceasing demand for highly knowledgeable workers within organizations. We have all been wondering where to look for the next set of talented individuals who are needed to create the Web systems and business decisions that will shape the future of the economy. 


According to recent reports, digital skills are down. There are elements of understanding on how to work with, assess, interpret, apply and create data on a digital scale. There will be more elements that require the application of information from inputs from the Internet of Things and other systems that require workers who are skilled at dealing with vast data sets. Despite this, many companies have been hiring primarily freelancers.

Part of the reason many organizations are working with freelancers is that it is simply easier to work with them now. Due to the rise of cloud communications, anyone can work with any group from anywhere, as long as they are all able to connect through to each other remotely. Larger organizations have built-in software that can monitor and arrange some of their conference calls for them, but fundamentally it is merely the idea of instantaneous and constant cross-country communication that makes freelancing workable today. 

Freelancers and the future

Recently, contract workers have lowered slightly because the economy has improved, reported research firm Computer Economics. However, there are still many with highly in-demand technical skills who are better suited remaining freelance. Some of those workers can take advantage of the current technical knowledge skills gap to make a lot of money working independently with a variety of different companies in order to establish and continue to build their freelancing empires. This is useful because so many companies are simply desperate for top tech talent, and are willing to work with freelancers in the short term if it means working with an expert in the field, according to IT Pro Portal.

As time goes on, it is likely that there will still be a culture of freelancing consultants working with organizations as long as high-demand technical skills are scare. For now, organizations that are having trouble attracting or keeping top talent may want to consider educating their workers in-house so they don't have to pay for someone to fly in to fix their problems for them.