Contractors with specialist skills in web development and software engineering will be pleased to hear that a recent study has found that these sectors have been experiencing both a surge in demand and an increase in pay rates.
The Harvey Nash report revealed that from the beginning of August to the end of November, there was a record-breaking demand in the number of smartphones bought, as well as a shortage of digital and mobile skills.
According to the study, employers are increasingly turning to contractors instead of taking on permanent workers – freelancer jobs within the industry grew by 19%, whereas permanent roles have fallen by 4%. These same businesses are also continuing to invest in new digital technology platforms.
The findings are very much supported by a recent industry survey, where it was predicted that self-employed software engineers and web developers were the most likely out of IT roles, to have secured a pay rise this year.
Albert Ellis, Harvey Nash CEO, said, “The new digital economy continues to provide forward momentum in what is a lacklustre overall recruitment market. The economic uncertainty throughout the world has meant that clients have tended to favour flexible contract and temporary hiring above permanent recruitment.”