Will cloud computing skills protect against recession?

Mastering cloud computing is a way to combat the effects of the recession, according to a recruitment firm.

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Could investing in cloud skills be the path to recession immunity? Perhaps so, according to recruitment specialist Resource on Demand (ROD), which claims IT staff with cloud skills are very much in demand with cloud-specific jobs increasing by 53 per cent.

The company said that while unemployment is increasing across the country, cloud computing skills are proving popular.

Most of the new jobs are for techies with Salesforce skills but a spokesman added that there have been many roles for cloud-specific developers, consultants and admins.

"These figures are proof that cloud firms are continuing to grow and invest in their work forces We have seen a renewed confidence in the hiring of cloud professionals and the number of clients opening their doors to us," said ROD operations director Theresa Durrant.

"The buoyancy of the cloud ecosystem shows no sign of letting up and is an encouraging sign for the UK economy."

The news came in the same week that Google announced that it was setting up a London base for high tech entrepreneurs in the so-called Silicon Roundabout area and Amazon announced a series of training courses for cloud skills in London and Manchester.

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