Soft skills in IT contracting

Is there a soft skills gap in the Netherlands

Despite being a candidate-led job market many of our clients have been telling us that technical skills are now the minimum requirement for the IT contractors they hire; they are really looking for candidates with the personal attributes that enable them to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people and the business. In short, soft skills are growing in importance.

Based on this feedback we’ve decided speak directly to IT contractors to survey the impact soft skills have on their career development.

This report asks why soft skills are important from an IT contractor’s perspective and if any particular soft skills are more or less important in di erent IT job roles.

We then ask IT contractors if they’ve noticed their client organisations struggling to nd people with strong soft skills and if they believe soft skills influence clients’ decisions to hire or re-hire them.

Finally, we address questions around personal development and training. Specifically, we look at how IT contractors split their time between soft and technical skills development, how soft skills can be improved and potential barriers to doing so.

IT contractors can utilise these findings to assist their career development. They will be able to identify which soft skills they should highlight when applying for di erent roles, what will be expected of them from potential clients and how they can continue to develop their soft skills in the future.

Hiring managers will be able to identify what soft skills they should prioritise when hiring for different IT jobs roles, understand if IT contractors are also aware of the growing importance of soft skills and see how they can potentially encourage IT contractors in training and developing soft skills in the future.

We hope you find this report useful and informative.

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