Wednesday, 06 March 2019 18:29

Demand for IT project managers claimed to be on the rise

Bridget Loudon, the chief executive and co-founder of Expert360. Bridget Loudon, the chief executive and co-founder of Expert360. Courtesy Expert360

The demand for freelance IT project managers has skyrocketed in 2018, a freelance marketplace and management platform claims, to the extent that people with the right talent are earning up to $1200 a day.

Expert360 said in a statement that there had been unprecedented demand for IT project managers, with the IT and telecommunications sector seeing a 498% increase in demand for those who had experience in infrastructure, applications, security, enterprise architecture, and data and analytics.

Expert360 chief executive and co-founder Bridget Loudon said this came as no surprise.

“An exponential number of businesses are going through large-scale digital transformation programs and are reliant on top external talent to drive this process,” she said.

“The trend is at no risk of slowing down in 2019 as businesses continue to seek assistance on all aspects of their digital operations and offerings.

"As a consequence, every business is now having to consider themselves an IT business, and are increasingly relying on the support of external IT project managers to assist this process.”

Loudon's company offers freelancers from all industries a dedicated channel for work. Last year,the the highest salary earned by an individual using the platform was $330,000, while the highest team earner received $1.7 million.

Victor Roy, a freelance IT project manager who has been offering his services through Expert360 since its inception, said: "Automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technology are evolving every day and smart companies are seeing the value in leveraging this technology to reduce costs.

"I often see businesses looking for specialist help to upgrade their digital infrastructure and migrate older systems to new ones, which can be a timely and complex process.

“As a freelancer I’ve been able to work on numerous projects and earn an average day rate of $1200 through projects on the platform.

"At times I’ve earned up to $1500 a day in a project role that has seen me work in-house, full-time five days a week for a year."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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