IT contractor demand recovered in June

Demand for IT contractors who use recruitment agencies followed the upward trend of the temporary jobs market in June, posting a marginal increase on the lull in May.

Computer professionals trained in .NET should have felt the uptick the most, as the agencies reported a shortage of the skill on both a permanent and contract basis.

PHP developers were also hard to source, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's Report on Jobs adds, but only for permanent IT staff recruiters.

No other IT skills are in short supply, the report says, perhaps owing to the overall availability of temps and contractors increasing in June for the 25th month in a row.

The total pool of candidates, which is expanding for contractors' end users, is set for even more growth amid predictions of up to 600,000 job losses in the public sector.

Report co-author KPMG said: "It can now be only a matter of time before we will start to see the impact of the government's efficiency savings strategy which is likely to leave hundreds of thousands of public sector workers looking for employment."

Bernard Brown, KMPG's head of business services, said: "The big challenge will be to transfer as many of these jobs as possible to the private sector through outsourcing and divestment, otherwise the economy will be put under enormous pressure at all levels."

According to the REC's index, demand last month for contract IT and Computing workers stood at 56.9, up from 56.4 in May, and compared with 43.3 in June last year.

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