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Mobile dev chops? Cloud infrastructure skills? You're hired!


Hiring more contractors than full-time staff, placing data center and cloud expertise over more conventional IT skills, emphasizing mobile rather than desktop development, and more fine-grained ways to find the right people for the right jobs — these are some of the trends identified by IT staffing firms for 2014.

IT resource provider Mondo surveyed some 200 IT decision-makers and found that nearly half (48 percent) plan to hire more IT contractors than they plan to add full-time staff in the next 12 to 18 months. Among those surveyed, 73 percent already use contractors to maintain, develop, or deploy their existing applications. Predictions about full-time IT hiring for 2014 were already grim, and the tilt toward contractors may skew the numbers further.