Con­trac­tors in high de­mand for ICT jobs

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CON­TRAC­TORS are in high de­mand in the in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try in 2011, data re­veals.

The In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Con­tract and Re­cruit­ment As­so­ci­a­tion says 80 per cent of all place­ments by its mem­bers were in con­tract roles in the first quar­ter of 2011.

Al­ready 20 per cent of the ICT work­force are con­trac­tors.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Mills says in­vest­ment in ICT projects will mean con­tract em­ploy­ment will con­tinue to grow.

She says the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of con­tract­ing is good news for com­pa­nies, with chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers fore­cast­ing pos­i­tive growth for the sec­ond quar­ter of 2011.

‘‘Con­trac­tors are go­ing to be cru­cial to this growth, with the flex­i­bil­ity pro­vided by con­tract­ing go­ing some way to al­le­vi­ate the skills short­ages hov­er­ing over the sec­tor,’’ Ms Mills says.

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