The world of enterprise software is rapidly changing.
A new breed of software company is springing up, offering a fresh set of skills and capabilities.
But it’s hard to tell whether these new software vendors are hiring the right people.
The question is: Which one is hiring more auditors to audit its software?
And which is hiring fewer auditors on an annual basis?
A new survey by Technorati finds that a large majority of auditors who are hired by vendors are hired on a part-time basis, and some of the largest companies are hiring only a handful of auditing teams.
That’s the pattern for nearly all software vendors: They’re hiring more and fewer auditing team members on an almost annual basis.
Some vendors are trying to hire more auditing staff, but there’s no indication that the trend will be sustained, according to Technoranti.
The report also finds that vendors have begun hiring less than half of their full-time auditors.
“There is a huge disconnect between the roles being filled and the role being audited,” said Michael Buell, senior vice president of research and technology at Technoratix, a cybersecurity firm that tracks software audits.
“When we’re talking about a company that’s hiring more, they’re hiring fewer.”
The survey found that a total of 2,749 full- and part-timers were hired by software vendors in 2015, an increase of 14% from 2014.
But the survey also found that only 4% of those people were hired as auditors, and that a much larger percentage of those hires were part- or full-timed.
The survey also finds a trend toward hiring less auditing work than is needed.
Of the 2,000 full- or part-timer auditing roles that were filled, only 1% were full- time, and about one-third were part time.
That was down from 2% in 2013, but a substantial increase from 2009, when about one in five full-timer jobs were filled as part- time.
The report also found the number of full-time audits falling in the past two years.
In 2014, 1,903 full-term audits were performed by software auditors across the board, an all-time low.
In 2015, that number dropped to 1,823.
That is a 13% drop in full-month audits.
The data is not entirely clear on why these changes are happening.
It’s possible that more people are choosing to become full-times, or more people might be getting more training to become part- and full- times.
But this is hard to gauge.
The number of people who are full-temps also may be declining as more people turn to more flexible work.
The biggest contributor to the shift in full and part time roles is the rise of cloud-based, online-based and mobile-based services.
But these services can also help to attract and retain more people who want to work full-hours and full days, said Michael Pareles, an auditing consultant at Deloitte.
Cloud-based platforms are starting to grow in popularity as more and more companies turn to them for auditing tasks.
“If we look at the data, it shows that as a whole, cloud-related services are a much bigger part of the total audit market than they were in the beginning,” he said.
In fact, Deloittes survey found, cloud services accounted for about one third of the audit market in the first half of this year.
And online- and mobile services are growing, too.
In its most recent audit report, Delos showed that software audit tools grew by 37% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter in 2015.
But that is still far behind the growth of cloud services, which increased by 63% in that same period.
That’s partly because many cloud-services platforms are not open to the public, and are more focused on private contracts.
And companies like Delois and Technoratus have said that they would like to see more transparency about who is getting paid, who is working, and what kind of payment is being made.
Some of the best software auditing tools, including Deloist and KPMG, offer an option to pay for your work.
But other software audit providers are more restrictive in their payment terms.
And they may not be as accessible to the average consumer as some cloud-auditing platforms.
“A lot of software vendors have an incentive to try to limit how many people they’re going to pay, and they may limit that payment in a way that might be less convenient,” said John Pinto, a software auditor and partner at KPMB.
In the end, it may be hard to say for sure whether the shift is the result of a change in software audit standards or a change to the way companies audit software.
But one thing is clear: Companies are increasingly relying on more audited software for