When Britain voted to leave the European Union, there were worries that it would adversely affect the jobs market. The uncertainty of Brexit initially put contracts and jobs on hold, but the talent gap ultimately forced many businesses to hire full-time and temporary staff.
The Report on Jobs published by the REC shows that IT contractors were in demand in December 2016. However, the demand was not so high as the IT contractor jobs market did not get flooded with opportunities.
The REC scored the demand for IT contractors at 56.3 for December 2016. It was marginally higher than the score of 55.5 for November. However, compared to December 2015 when the index stood in the 60s, the demand for IT contractors has gone down. In fact, it was observed that from January 2016, the demand for IT contractors started reducing, and this decline was present throughout the first quarter of 2016.
The Report on Jobs also showed that the demand was higher in December compared to the months of May, June, July, August and September – something that was observed even in 2015. This means that IT contractor demand has been growing throughout 2016, but it was the strongest in December.
However, there are still permanent jobs that have not been filled due to IT skills shortage. Recruiters state that they are finding it difficult to fill permanent jobs, particularly in the fields of digital marketing, CAD design and other IT jobs that require candidates to be proficient in testing,.Net, Java and DevOps.
In the meantime, contractors are hoping that businesses will stop looking to fill these full-time opportunities by opting for freelancers and contractors. The Report on Jobs states that Testing, DevOps and Java-related jobs are the only ones where the demand for contractors is not very high.