Increased job opportunities for IT contractors as permanent staff feel the strain
Great news for IT contractors, as a recent survey has revealed that over a third of IT workers have seen workloads increase since last year.
The research, which was carried out by Ranstad, surveyed over 2,000 British employees and found that workers in the IT industry are each fitting the equivalent of 7.5 work days into the working week.
Many permanent IT employees are feeling the strain as businesses are giving them more work than they feel they can handle; without a pay rise as an incentive. However, this bodes well for contractors, as companies are more likely to look to freelancers to cover the extra work.
Also, with the current economic climate making businesses hesitant to take on permanent staff, they are instead turning to contractors in order to save costs.
Mike Beresford, managing director of Randstad Technologies, explains further, “The IT industry is under immense pressure. With the economic outlook so uncertain it’s understandable that management are keeping workforces as lean as possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t a sustainable model.
“Making fewer people work harder can improve the bottom line initially, but in the long-run, spreading the workforce too thin leads to burnout, mistakes and lower productivity. Not something the sector needs at the moment.”
“Contract IT labour can ensure projects remain on track and prevent increased workload for permanent staff returning from holiday without significantly increasing fixed costs or commercial risk.”