The conclusion of new research conducted by internet-based business marketplace has predicted that small businesses will be spending more on IT contractors. The research was conducted amongst small businesses in the UK with the aim of determining the habits of this community since 60% of employment and turnover in the country originates from this sector.

Over 60% of the respondents expressed their intention to increase their IT spend. This is good news for IT contractors since only 18% plan to channel this increased investment into existing staff while 38% will be investing more in temporary staff.

With regards to the skills which are most in-demand, the projects posted on the website suggest that contractors with PHP experience are the most sought after. This is followed by, in order, SEO/Link Building, WordPress, Joomla, iPhone Apps, MySQL, HTML, Flash Game development, NET developer and ASP.NET developer.

CEO of, Xenios Thrasyvoulou, commented: “The last decade has seen a boom in remote freelance working, facilitated by the internet. This has been led by the IT industry, which lends itself to freelancing. Our survey findings suggest that the importance of IT industry to the freelance economy is set to grow.”

He concluded: “If you want plenty of freelance IT work, you’d do well to specialize in PHP and SEO. However, the IT sector is ever-changing and dynamic so this list will doubtless look quite different in a year’s time.”

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  • Sean Kinn

    I think there may be some room for freelance writers to get into the SEO mix. There are quite a few Web 2.0 things that wordsmiths can handle: Article submissions, back-hyperlinking, general blogging duties, web comments, and many more. SK

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