Contractors not keeping up-to-date with training

New research conducted by Elan Computing has shown that despite the fact that over 90 per cent of contractors are worried about keeping up-to-date with skills and training, the majority – 59 per cent – have not undertaken any training courses in the past year.

Mike Berry, commercial director for Elan Computing, comments; “I'm surprised that over half of the IT contractors interviewed have not recently received any formal training, especially when they realise its importance in securing work. The IT market is always evolving and changing, making it vital for contractors to stay ahead of the game, and ensure they are as employable as possible. This is backed up by research conducted amongst employers, the majority of whom stated that technical skills are a key requirement when choosing a contractor.”

The contractor research also shows that of those who have undertaken training, 77 per cent have completed only one or two courses in the last year. The reasons for this seem to lie in the fact that 49 per cent of contractors interviewed consider on-the-job training as more useful than formal training.

Continues Berry; “Contractors need to make the most of what is on offer to them, whether it's in-house training on a client's premises, or training that their recruitment agency offers. By utilising every opportunity, contractors will ensure that they have the relevant and most current skills required when the market picks up.”

Other contractor findings include:

  • 58 per cent of contractors felt they had ownership of projects they worked on;

  • 68 per cent said that they would welcome more responsibility in the workplace;

  • Over 50 per cent of contractors had been offered a permanent job but only 28 per cent had seriously considered accepting the offer.
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