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Demand for IT Contractors Strong in May


If you thought IT contracting was hitting a rough patch due to Brexit or IBM firing contractors, then think again, as demand was strong during May.

In fact, the 4 weeks leading up to June 2017 was the busiest time this year for IT contractors, as companies all around the UK needed certain skills that couldn’t be found elsewhere.

This is all according to a national staffing index, that shows demand for temporary IT skills was at 61.9 during the month of May, compared to 59.2 in April and 60.1 in March.

It seems to suggest that not only was May the busiest time for IT contractors so far this year, but it was also busier than any month last year. I for one, will be interested to see the stats for June, July and August of this year…could demand for IT skills get even stronger? Only time will tell.

You have to go back to April 2015 when the demand was stronger, when the score according to the national staffing index was 62.2.

So why are IT contractors so in demand right now, shouldn’t it all be doom and gloom with Brexit on the horizon and the slump in the economy? Actually, no.

Firstly, reports are suggesting that many IT contractors from the EU are leaving the UK and going back to their home countries. This has led to companies turning towards British IT contractors when they need work doing.

Secondly, IT security is becoming an issue for many companies and businesses around the country. It was only a few weeks ago that British Airways was hacked, and many others are now starting to experience similar issues.

This means that IT contractors who specialise in security are now finding their skills very much in demand, with some companies willing to pay top money if they can keep them safe from hackers.

Lastly, there appears to be a shortage of IT skills in many areas of the country, with things such as Data Analytics, Software, Cyber Security, and Java, being right at there at the top of that list.

If you are an IT contractor with those kind of skills then you should have no problem getting work, with a nice pay packet to go with it.

Will this last though, or will IT contractors find themselves out of work in the near future? Obviously no-one can say for sure, but if you ask me, I would say that the IT contracting scene is looking very good in the UK right now, and it is only going to get better.

So if you have the skills and are willing to do the work, you should be able to get paid some decent cash for IT contracting in 2017.

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IBM Tells Contractors “Take Pay Cut or Go”


It’s a harsh environment out there in the contracting world, and there is none as harsh as the IT industry, as proven by a recent IBM memo.

What the computer giant is basically saying to all their contractors is this…”take a pay cut or go elsewhere”

This comes at a time when IBM have decided to shift their model to a dedicated employee workforce, after using contractors almost exclusively for the vast majority of their projects for many years now.

Not only that, but some insider sources are claiming that IBM have banned the hiring of any new contractors, which means it is no longer in the market for a skilled and flexible workforce.

Those who are already contractor workers at IBM, well, they have been told that a pay cut is what will happen, and if they don’t like it then they can go elsewhere. It is thought the pay cut is somewhere in the region of 10%.

Do you know what though…in my opinion IBM are well in their rights to do this, because at the end of the day that is one of the benefits of hiring a contractor, the flexibility in that you can get rid of them at any time once your plans change.

No problem at all if you ask me, because it does work both ways. I’m sure that many contractors have just downed tools at IBM and gone to companies such as Microsoft or Google without even so much as a goodbye letter. Well, IBM can do the same thing.

That is not to say I think IBM are doing the right thing, because from what I’m hearing contractors around the world are not impressed with what is happening and that could lead to many workers giving them a miss in the future should IBM ever be in the market for temporary workers once again.

What seems to have happened is that contractors are not so much disappointed with the fact that IBM have told them to take a pay cut or clear off…I reckon it was the way in which it has been done, to the point where many workers appear to be a bit confused about the whole situation, with IBM being accused of not explaining fully what is happening.

I don’t think many of these IT contractors who have been working for IBM will have anything to be concerned about, because if there is one thing that is always in demand it’s IT skills.

Many companies around the world are willing to pay top money for skilled IT contractors, which leads me to think that almost all of these people should be able to get many jobs lined up once they have cleared their desk at IBM.

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