Why IT contractors are prospering
Another study from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in conjunction with KPMG has even found that demand for contractors hit a new high this year. IT and technology now have an impact in almost every area of our professional lives and you would be hard pressed to find a sector that they havent converged into in one way or another. Even traditionally offline industries, such as manufacturing, now require IT specialists to help with their daily operations. For example, a producer of fridges for a major global drinks retailer recently installed monitors that predict when an engineer will be required to service the product. And while this saves the company millions of pounds every year in maintenance, it does require IT specialists who can install and manage the initial implementation period. And its not just in these game-changing areas of innovation that professionals are needed. The demand extends to installing basic infrastructure, developing websites and embedding computer systems into organisations and has led to a serious need for IT contracting talent.
Another factor contributing to the ongoing demand is the number of large-scale infrastructure projects that are just around the corner or already underway. The HS2 rail line, for example, along with the ongoing Crossrail project both require contractors in a range of complex fields. Consequently, experts with specialist skills can expect to be both highly sought after and able to command above-average rates at the moment. In addition to this, there are currently more than 200 major infrastructure projects that are scheduled to start between now and the end of 2015 with a total value of more than 36 billion. And while a wind farm might not be the first place you look for an IT contractor, the Gwynt y Mor offshore site the largest in Europe is just one location where specialist skills will be required.