According to ICIMS, between 2016 and 2019 only 60% of tech jobs in the U.S. were filled, compared to 12 hires per 10 openings in all other positions. And this gap shows no signs of narrowing – there are currently 1,365,500 software developer vacancies at American businesses, while only 65,000 developers graduate from the college system every year. With independent careers in demand, midsize businesses have a significant opportunity to harness the power of the on-demand workforce. In the realm of digital transformation, where skilled workers are so scarce, flexible talent acquisition models are proving to be the get-out-of-jail-free card for those companies scared of falling behind in the digital arms race.

Covid-19 increased the urgency of digital transformation initiatives for businesses of all sizes. Small and midsize companies, without the budgets to invest in every innovation under the sun, were…

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