I'd never claim working as an IT contractor was easy. But if you're between jobs, looks like you have more chance of being hired than in most other contracting areas — and more chance of getting a job than someone seeking a permanent tech role.
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The quarterly Employment Trends report from recruiter Hudson suggests that intention to hire sits at 29.4 per cent for IT roles, up 2 per cent on the previous quarter and higher than any other vertical market. The average intention across all sectors is 19.1 per cent.
For existing roles, 69 per cent of companies intend to maintain current contractor headcount. Notably, intention to hire new IT employees is 25.4 per cent — lower than the contractor number.
"Project work is always a primary driver for contractor demand and the continued investment in business transformation projects across the country is one key demand generator for contract IT professionals," Hudson ICT director Tim Davis said in the release announcement. The areas of strongest demand are for project managers and business analysts, something we've also seen reflected in recent salary figures.
Whether you have a current role or not, check out our tips on how to stay happy as a contractor.