A new report by Volt Workforce Solutions, has revealed that the demand for IT contracting has hit a 34-year high in Europe.
The research, which was carried out by IT recruiters Volt, found that there has been a rise in the amount of new IT contracts being made available to freelancers – with a particular focus in places such as Germany, France and Switzerland.
Volt’s president Tom Daley, said, “For the balance of our clients, contingent workers are essential to their project-based activities since it’s easier to ramp up teams for new initiatives with contingent workers.
“This is particularly advantageous when time-to-market is important for new projects/products.”
According to the findings, many European businesses are choosing to extend their contracts for freelancers and the skills most in demand from IT contractors include: mobile application developers, .Net developers and Android and Silverlight techies.
Mr Daley said, “The demand for highly-skilled IT professionals has picked up quite a bit, albeit somewhat unevenly across our geographic markets.
“We’re seeing clients applying a careful and methodical approach to requesting IT talent in that they are looking for very specialised skill sets related to emerging technologies.
He added, “We’re also seeing a higher demand for functional roles such as business analysts and project managers.
“This usually indicates an increase in the amount of projects being scoped out and we anticipate this will lead to further increases in demand for IT talent as these projects are implemented.”