Specialists in IT contracting have good reason to feel optimistic about their prospects despite generally gloomy economic conditions, according to a new report from the prominent cloud computing recruiter Resource on Demand (ROD).

Cloud recruitment figures have risen year-on-year by a breathtaking 52.9%, which should bring cheer to PAYE umbrella contractors with expertise in this corner of the IT skills market. ROD’s Operations Director, Theresa Durrant, maintains that the data illustrates how cloud firms are continuing to invest in their workforces and grow. This trend, she pointed out, is in stark contrast to many other areas of the UK economy, where unemployment has risen to 2.5 million.

She went on to say that she believes the growth in the cloud ecosystem has partly been created by the “tech bubble”, but the expansion is sustainable nonetheless: “Many firms who rely on the cloud are heading towards, or have already made, an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and due to this are seeing initial and continued paths to investment, not least due to the sale of stock to the public that comes with an IPO.”

Moreover, despite figures from the Office for National Statistics which showed an 80,000 increase in the number of people out of work during the last quarter, Durrant believes that the growth in cloud computing will make the industry effectively recession-proof. She added “If there is one sector that can have immunity from a double-dip recession it is Cloud Computing. We are confident of this and are looking forward to another busy 12 months and reporting further growth in 2012.”

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