By observing the events over the last two years and especially the last few months, you can say that we live in a dynamic time. Changes in the world directly affect all areas of business, including the consulting market, in which growth was noticeable during the last year. At Ework Group, the number of consultants on assignment, as well as net sales, reached record levels in the second quarter of 2022. The demand for consultants continues to increase and the pattern is similar in most markets and skill areas.
The pandemic left its mark on employers and employees by introducing new norms and standards. Although the pandemic is not completely over, people have begun returning to pre-pandemic norms such as working in the office. The current situation in Europe is also contributing to an increased need for certain skills, changes in companies' strategies, and the search for new opportunities to ensure greater stability.
To discover more about current trends in the consulting industry, we asked Elin Gheljai, CEO of Danda consultancy in Gothenburg, Sweden, who has been partnering with Ework Group for six years, to tell us what is happening in the consulting industry.
Digitalization has accelerated at a phenomenal rate since the first Coronavirus outbreak, and we at Ework are seeing increased interest in working more independently and remotely. Hybrid and remote working are clear labor market trends that are evident in many parts of the world; more and more professionals choose their assignments on this basis.
Working from home by choice
Remote working suits some consultants. They prefer to work from home as they find that they are more productive and focused than if they were required to be on-site. However, this is not the case for all of our consultants. Some consultants have difficulty in to taking responsibility for their work, and some miss the social interaction from working at the office.
The trends in IT consultant recruitment
Skills shortages have been a problem for a long time in the tech sector. According to a study by TechSverige, unless specific action is taken, by 2024 the shortage of tech professionals in Sweden is expected to be 70,000 people. Elin believes that remote work is here to stay, and will be a common way of working in the future as it is often easier to find candidates with special skills in other countries.
Unfortunately, we have found ourselves facing another threat arising from the war in Ukraine. This has led to a situation we did not think was possible, and also to changes in the consulting industry as many Nordic companies employ freelancers and consultants from Ukraine. Many companies wanted to extend a helping hand to them.