Specialist IT recruitment agencies are reporting an increase in demand for contract jobs from companies struggling to attract and retain staff with the skills they need.
Researchers at Computer Weekly quizzed recruiters about current hiring patterns in the sector, and found 84 per cent had experienced a surge in demand for contract and temporary staff.
As a result, the magazine is pointing to the creation of a new generation of ‘super contractors’, who are able to command high fees for their work because an industry skills shortage means they are in high demand.
Agencies identified a number of reasons for the increased need for contractors. Almost nine in 10 said they were facing challenges matching the skills of applicants to the jobs available. They are also concerned that Government moves to limit immigration from outside of the European Union will impact on the availability of suitably skilled staff. More than eight out of 10 (85 per cent) told the researchers this will have an effect going forward.
Computer Weekly said that these trends are encouraging more people with the most in-demand skills to switch to contracting.
“As the dichotomy between skills supply and demand widens, more IT professionals are taking on the role of ‘contractor’, forgoing job security in order to charge a premium for their services,” it concluded.