Contingent work is in the news for the way it’s growing by leaps and bounds; so much so, that some career advisors are talking about traditional jobs as we know them becoming obsolete and instead replaced by short-term projects. Understandably, some industries are more amenable to hiring contingent workers than others. The software industry is one such, where employers are comfortable having a contingent workforce working with them. They go together like peanut butter and jelly!
Let’s explore the reasons why the software industry finds contingent workers more attractive. In fact, contingent workers are found in many mission critical roles delivering on core strategic plans for many software organizations.
The software industry is especially susceptible to relentless change – it must adapt quickly to stay in the game and it must innovate to get ahead. While some achieve this, others fold up and fall out of sight.
What are the adaptable organizations doing to stay competitive? They’re inventing new types of careers that provide scant employment security and demand, instead, that the worker stays employable by evolving at an equal pace with the changing environment by learning entirely new skills, even as they emerge. This is entirely due to the nature of the software industry itself.
The pressures that an organization in the software industry has to contend with are many. Most of them operate on a global level and keep on trying to expand their operations to survive in a highly competitive environment by continually creating newer, faster and better software.
Like adding a new twist to your trusty favorite PB&J by turning it into a crepe, putting the filling between French toast or making a triple-decker club sandwich, the software industry must constantly stay on the cutting edge.
Employment in the software industry is one of the fastest growing opportunities for people skilled in computer programming. How does one stay employed by the software industry, as a contingent worker or an employee?
Contingent workers seem to offer the most ideal solution to all the above issues being faced by both employers and workers in the software industry including:
The software industry offers contingent workers the opportunity to stay current with their skills and work in a highly organized industry that enjoys a network, making it possible for the workers to establish their reputation and build a career on it.
What other reasons make the software industry and contingent workers the perfect match like a PB&J?
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