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Contractor pay: 10 highest-paying assignments revealed

The list is based on analysis by Parasol of the hourly assignment rates currently earned by its army of contractor employees.

IT specialists dominate, with cloud, procurement and support skills attracting a premium.

The top earning Parasol contractor employees by hourly rate, as of 20th October 2014, are as follows:

Office 365 Champion (Outsourcing, Midlands)  &pound443 

IT Procurement Officer (Aerospace / Defence, London & South East) &pound400 

IT Support Analyst (Healthcare, London & South East) &pound374

Senior IT Delivery Manager (Financial Services, Edinburgh) &pound333

IT Engineer (Telecoms, London & South East) &pound294

Finance Analyst (Pharmaceuticals, London & South East) &pound211

Project Support Analyst (Healthcare, London & South East) &pound188

First Line Support Engineer (Aviation, London & South East) &pound187

Project Management Analyst (Online Retail, North West) &pound160

Clinical Programmer (Pharmaceuticals, North West) &pound150

Parasol managing director Derek Kelly described the findings as evidence of strong demand for specialist IT skills across a range of sectors.

He said: “We predicted back in January that 2014 would be the year of the niche contractor, and so it is proving.

“As UK PLC regains its confidence, organisations of all shapes and sizes are reviving and pressing ahead with IT projects that they put on hold during the downturn.

“IT contractors offer businesses short-term access to skills and expertise that otherwise may have been unavailable to them. Our findings demonstrate the financial rewards on offer to those IT professionals who have successfully carved a niche in a particular area.”

Based in Cheshire, Parasol has provided employment services and support to more than 70,000 contractors and freelancers since its launch 14 years ago. The company is part of the Optionis Group.

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