In the recent Recruitment and Confederation Employment report, it has been revealed that billings for IT contractors reached their second highest level of the year.
The latest ‘Report on Jobs’ found that contractor demand for those working in the IT sector was registered at 53.5, which was an increase compared to the previous report at 52.5.
The key areas in which IT professionals are in high demand include: developers from the visual and gaming industries, IT professionals with knowledge of mobile payment platforms, business process analysts, IT Change experts and data specialists.
Both computing and the IT sector came up as the healthiest market for job opportunities amongst not only freelancers but also permanent staff. Engineering came second for both temporary and permanent positions.
Recent research carried out by the recruitment agency Hays, revealed that there are a large number of permanent staff who are considering moving into IT contracting, due to being overworked and unable to progress career-wise in their current roles.
James Aldridge, director at Hays Information Technology, explained, “Many IT professionals will be looking to take advantage of the higher day rates found in contract roles and are comfortable in the knowledge that they are unlikely to experience long spells without a contract.”
The REC report also brings good news for all freelancers across the UK, as it was revealed that contractor pay rates have actually increased across all the key sectors, for the fourth month in a row.