The President of IT Recruitment firm Volt, Tom Daley, said that “In some of our markets, we’re actually seeing higher demand for full-time direct placement vs. contract workers as a percentage of our IT recruitment activity, particularly when a client has requirements for hard-to-source talent. But for the balance of our clients, contract workers are essential to their project-based activities since it’s easier to ramp up teams for new initiatives with contract workers. This is particularly advantageous when time-to-market is important for new projects/products.”
“The demand for highly-skilled IT professionals has picked up quite a bit, albeit somewhat unevenly across our geographic markets. We’re seeing clients applying a careful and methodical approach to requesting IT talent in that they are looking for very specialised skill sets related to emerging technologies. Mobile application developers, so Java/J2EE specialists, .Net developers and Android and Silverlight techies are cited as the ‘hottest’ IT candidates, as were VMware virtual app developers. We’re also seeing a higher demand for functional roles such as business analysts and project managers. This usually indicates an increase in the amount of projects being scoped out and we anticipate this will lead to further increases in demand for IT talent as these projects are implemented.”
Recently a new report by CWJobs.co.uk and JobsAdWatch revealed that there has been a surge in IT Contract vacancies during the first quarter of 2011. The report showed an 11.1% increase in the number of IT Contract vacancies advertised and also recorded a five quarter increase in contract rates. The report found that:
- 5.7% increase in demand for permanent IT professionals
- 11.1% increase in the number of IT contract vacancies advertised
- Contract rates have increased for five quarters in a row
- 80% of all contract vacancies are being advertised in the south of the country
- London and the Midlands saw a rise in demand for contractors of over 10% during the last quarter
- 46.4% of demand came from Software houses
- 35.8% of demand came from financial institutions
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