Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) CEO Kevin Green has stated that it is no longer that difficult for end-clients to find the IT contractors that they are seeking.
Green stated that while there is a skills shortage in the IT sector and it is greater than what is present in the engineering industry, clients have largely been able to find the contractors that they need. IT contractors who were difficult to find in March 2017 were no longer hard to get in April 2017, according to the REC’s Report on Jobs. The only exception was IT security.
Shortage of permanent staff
The Report on Jobs stated that it was slightly difficult for clients and organisations to find permanent IT staff, but they were managing to recruit professionals with a little effort. In March, there was a shortage of development ops, Java developers, PHP developers, Ruby software developers and embedded software engineers. However, these positions were cleared and filled in April with some difficulty.
The nine IT skills that were in short supply have been reduced to eight permanent IT skills shortages. These include digital generalists and remedy administrators along with Java developers, Ruby software developers and PHP developers. This shortage is worrying the staffing sector, and leaving the EU is not allaying those concerns.
Filling the IT shortage in UK
Green said that the new government that is formed after the 8th June election should make an effort to ensure that there is a pool of IT professionals for end-clients to choose from. In other words, the new government should ensure that organisations have access to the right talent, even if the talent is from overseas.
The latest data from Reed reveals that there is a 28 per cent decrease in IT professionals from the EU applying for positions in the UK. IT contractors in the UK will find this reassuring as they will have less competition and will be able to find projects more easily.
However, Green pointed out that having less competition will not give a boost to IT contractor rates and end-clients will not be happy with such a situation.