High Demand for contractor jobs

Revealing its latest monthly Report on Jobs, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said that demand for IT contractors in this first quarter of 2013 will surpass even the latest high achieved in December 2012.

REC’s member IT recruitment agencies struggled last month to find full-time candidates for many IT skills.  These included Business Analysts, PHP, Web Design, Web Development, Software Development and many other programming languages. Enterprise software and project management were skillsets also hard to come by.

In fact despite the unemployment levels in the UK, there are seemingly still massive skill gaps in the UK when it comes to IT and thus there are great reasons for skilled candidates to get into contracting and earn high levels of take home pay via a Contractor Accountant.

REC claimed that there are so many computer skill-sets on a permanent basis that are scarce and therefore hard to source.

“Skills shortages in whole sectors like engineering and IT…are spurring competition for qualified staff,” Tom Hadley, a director of the REC said in the report.

“This is good news for workers but also highlights the need to address the current 'skills disconnect' which presents a major barrier to growth in key sectors of our economy.”

The IT contractor hiring spree may not be at an end just yet, especially if temporary candidates can become qualified in the specialisms which hirers are keenly looking for, as Bernard Brown of KPMG, the report’s co-author, explained.

“Given the skills gaps that continue to plague many sectors, increased availability of qualified and experienced staff could help fill the capability gap many employers have wanted to plug for some time,” he said.

A spokesman for IT jobsite Technojobs claimed that there was significant activity in the IT contracting market thus far in 2013. A spokesman said “The contracting market really is very active at the moment across many IT disciplines. For many IT staff contracting can be an attractive way of life and financially rewarding “.

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