Over three quarters of UK companies make "extensive" use of IT contractors, which is above the international average, according to a new study from IT recruiter Experis.
According to the research, based on a survey of executives responsible for hiring IT employees across ten countries, the UK currently has more contractors proportionally than some of the world's arguably most advanced and developed markets, including the US.
The results revealed that only 66 per cent of companies in the US make extensive use of IT contractors, compared to 65 per cent in Japan and 40 per cent in Germany. In contrast, 76 per cent of UK businesses dip into IT talent pools on a regular basis.
Despite this, many respondents appeared to be aware of the benefits of hiring IT contractors, with 19 per cent of businesses in the US and 17 per cent of the businesses in Australia expressing plans to hire more IT contractors in core functions in the near future.
According to Geoff Smith, managing director of Experis Europe, an increasing number of UK companies are viewing contractors as a "go-to workforce planning solution".
He continued: "They are recognising that the use of contractors can bring greater cost savings in the long term and flexible work flow options, which will be vital in 2016 and beyond.”