Following a year of increasing optimism for contractors in the IT sector, and predictions that the jobs market was on the up in the second quarter of 2014, figures show that IT job opportunities rose at the quickest rate in 16 years in the last month.
The figures were taken from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG’s monthly index for August.
The index score for IT opportunities also rose, up from 63.9 in July to 65.6 in August. This is the highest reading since December 2013.
The REC puts this increase in job opportunities down to recruiters searching for ‘short term access to key strategic skills’, which freelancers and contractors are able to provide.
Historically the summer months are problematic for IT contractors, with many struggling to get work, as often businesses need the approval of two or three stakeholders before employing an external contractor, and many of these key stakeholders take their annual leave in these months.
With this in mind, the news becomes even more positive, and should incite further confidence in the coming months for contractors.
Ben Dunn, Finance Director at JSA Services comments: “The news that demand for IT contractors has reached a new high is really encouraging, and backs up that feeling of optimism that many of our contractors have had.”
“If you have been even considering taking the plunge into IT contracting, now is the time to do it, with many employers searching for those who have very specific skill sets that will be key to the growth of their business. Call JSA today on 0800 25 26 40 to find out about how we can help you.”