Recent reports state that contracting opportunities are outperforming permanent vacancies within the IT sector, according to the Tech Cities Job Watch. The total number of contractor roles advertised rose by 6 per cent, whilst the total number of permanent roles fell by 4 per cent, making this another fallen quarter trend for permanent hires.
A possible reason for the rise in contractor positions could point to companies outsourcing for specialist short-term skills and knowledge via a contractor, as opposed to a permanent employee. According to the report, contractor’s daily rates are on the rise, and have seen an increase of 4 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, but this doesn’t seem to discourage the hire of contractors.
Web Developer roles advertised stands at just over 17 thousand, mobile and cloud development are runners up with just over 16 thousand and 8 thousand respectively; which shows that the IT sector is the most in demand.
“IT is a particularly buoyant sector for contractors and it is encouraging to see that the traditional dominance of London’s financial sector is waning,” highlights Contractor Calculator CEO Dave Chaplin.
With every 1 in 3 roles now advertised outside of London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Brighton have seen the biggest growth, with quarterly increases of 36 per cent and 14 per cent, closely followed by Glasgow which is up 13 per cent.
It seems that due to improved transport links, the contractor talent has been taken further afield as larger companies are now basing themselves in other cities outside of London, resulting in more widespread opportunities.
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