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Public sector to create new job opportunities for IT contractors

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IT contractors could find themselves in high demand within the public sector, finds new research.

The recent report from international professional services consultancy, Procorre, has revealed that the number of IT jobs in the public sector has grown significantly over the last year.

Public sector IT jobs now account for 11% of all IT consultancy roles – twos years previous to this research, this figure was just five per cent.

According to the report, IT hiring within the sector is mainly due to the government’s ‘digital by default’ strategy for all public services.

The idea behind this strategy is that there will be a great amount of investment put into IT, in order to create long term savings that could save the country as much as £1.8 billion a year.

Lisa Mangan, Relationship Manager at Procorre, an international professional services consultancy, said, “The recovery in IT jobs in the public sector demonstrates how critically important IT is in delivering public services.

“The digital by default strategy that the Government has set out will require more IT consultants working on Government contracts, so it is good news for contractors, particularly those who have the right skills and know how to gain access to the most attractive roles. 

“Hiring in IT consultants provides employers with the flexibility of bringing in highly skilled professionals for a limited period to ensure the delivery of a project. In the future, we expect more public sector providers to use IT consultants in this way.”

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