In an interview with Recruiter, Keith Butler from the IT recruiters NES IT, has said that there has been a decline in IT contractor demand across the public sector.

He said: “The focus is on cost-cutting, therefore demand for contractors is lower than is has been in the past. With clients emphasising cost, there’s increased pressure on rates and agency margins and more justification is required (often at a more senior level) for each appointment or contract extension. However, this is being balanced by an increase in hiring activity (contract and permanent) in the private sector, particularly banking / finance and services.”

In fact, the latest research conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation shows that permanent IT and computing staff are currently the most sought after workers for UK agencies and recruiters.

The REC research actually showed that IT staff are more likely to be offered permanent positions than workers from seven other sectors. However, contrary to the experience of NES IT, the REC data did show an increase in IT contracts being awarded also despite the demand for non-permanent executives growing at the slowest rate. Overall this shows a return in confidence for recruiting in this sector especially as this is the third month in a row that they have reported a growth in IT openings.

The research also found that the most difficult IT workers for recruiters to source are those skilled in software sales, analysis and Share Point.

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