A "changing of the guard" is happening right across the technology industry, one recruitment specialist has claimed.
Freelancer.com has said that the skills needed by IT contractors have changed significantly over the past few years and many traditional skill-sets are being edged out of the market by newcomers.
Indeed, the website believes that experience with HTML5 and iQuery has taken precedent over skills involving more traditional products from the likes of Microsoft and Adobe.
A surge in employers looking for people who are fully versed with mobile devices is also a trend "which won't be reversing anytime soon".
Jobs involving Google's Android are said to be up by 20 per cent this year, while opportunities for people skilled on Apple's iPhone increased by 30 per cent.
Freelancer.com’s Matt Barrie told ContractorUK.com: “This activity has been at the expense of the web dinosaur Microsoft; .NET jobs fell off the edge of a cliff this quarter (down 39 per cent to 2,919), and ASP jobs dropped 13 per cent to 1,084.”