In its latest monthly survey of 400 recruiters, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) discovered that demand from recruiters for contract IT skills grew for the second month in a row in December. Demand for IT contractors was 56.6 – showing a continual upward trend from 53.2 in November and from 49.6 in October.
This is in line with REC billings, which show all temporary IT hires are on the up and that job offers to IT contractors in London, the firm’s primary market, have increased by 7% since November. Pointing out why IT staff topped the employers’ hiring agenda, CareerBuilder UK commented that, “creating new efficiencies, innovating to open new revenue streams and improving customer reach and loyalty are among the priorities”.
A fifth of all the end-users, who had operations in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden, will specifically recruit temporary or contract workers, most often ‘to help shoulder growing workloads’. Meanwhile, KMPG partner Bernard Brown confirmed, “The private sector is mainly responsible for the overall positive picture with IT and computing as well as executive and professional staff most in demand.”
According to the report, the shortage of .Net developers continues on both a permanent and contract basis, whilst other contract recruitment agents are struggling to source Java developers.