January found to be the best time for IT contractors to grab their dream job
New research has shown that the best time to take on tech professionals, such as IT contractors, is in August.
A recent report from Randstad Technologies analysed the times of the year that 5,950 IT, digital and telecoms professionals started looking for new roles.
The specialist IT recruiter revealed that despite this time of year appearing to be the worst for taking on new workers (what with senior staff and potential candidates usually being on holiday), on average, there are 3.1 candidates for every new job in August – when compared to over the course of the year, this figure is just 2.3.
IT contractors might also be interested to learn that January is the best month for those in the sector looking for their ‘dream job’, as on average there are only 1.2 candidates applying for jobs at this time of year.
Managing Director of Randstad Technologies, Mike Beresford, commented on the findings “The UK lost a lot of skilled Technology and IT talent over the dark days of 2009 and the worst of the economic downturn as overseas markets offered more work and better pay.
“But the industry has rediscovered itself since the sharp decline in recruitment in 2008 and 2009. Increased demand has driven hiring across the UK although there are still significant skills gaps in the workforce.
“That’s been reflected in salary growth. We’ve seen salaries for IT Systems experts grow by over 65% outside London over the course of the last three years. There’s a real shortage of skilled people – a shortage that the pitiful number of appropriately trained graduates and post-graduates cannot be expected to fill. But timing can help. If you want the tap up the top talent, the summer’s the time to do it.”
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