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) £443
IT Procurement Officer (Aerospace / Defence, London & South East) £400
IT Support Analyst (Healthcare, London & South East) £374
Senior IT Delivery Manager (Financial Services, Edinburgh) £333
IT Engineer (Telecoms, London & South East) £294
Finance Analyst (Pharmaceuticals, London & South East) £211
Project Support Analyst (Healthcare, London & South East) £188
First Line Support Engineer (Aviation, London & South East) £187
Project Management Analyst (Online Retail, North West) £160
Clinical Programmer (Pharmaceuticals, North West) £150
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.