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IT contractors expect more job opportunities from public sector

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A new survey has revealed that confidence amongst IT contractors about new job opportunities in the public sector, has rebounded significantly this year.

According to the latest research, which has been carried out by giant group, 15 per cent of contractors working in the IT industry expect growth in job opportunities in the public sector.  This is up from just eight per cent surveyed last year.

The survey revealed that public sector organisations are looking to IT contractors in order to handle the sudden spikes in their workload.

Matthew Brown, managing director of giant, said, “With the government’s austerity measures still in full effect, public sector organisations remain under pressure to keep permanent headcount down.

“Even though budgets are stretched, some departments are keen to kick-start IT projects that might have been stalled or put on hold since the coalition government was formed. After all, many of these IT projects will deliver immediate savings.

“For these public sector bodies, contractors offer a flexible and effective way of ensuring that specific projects are carried out, without adding to headcount payroll.”

The report, which surveyed 600 contractors across the UK, also shows that 63 per cent of IT contractors expect pay rises in the next year and far fewer are expecting wage freezes this year, down to six per cent, from 10 per cent last year.

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