ICT contractors face short-term shift

 

Long contracts off the table.

Short-term ICT contracts of less than three months have spiked over the past nine months, reflecting an industry that is "treading water" rather than commit to long-term projects, according to the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA).

In the second quarter of 2012, contracts of between one and three months made up 35 percent of all ICT contract placements.

"[By contrast], in the third quarter of 2011, contracts between one to three months accounted for 16 per cent of all contract placements made," ITCRA chief executive officer Julie Mills said.

"Conversely, longer contracts of seven to 12 months accounted for 36.5 percent of all placements in the third quarter of 2011, while in the most recent quarter this dropped to only 23.47 per cent of placements."

By skill set, the highest paid technical skill for contractors was C# programming, which earned contractors an average $152.34 an hour during the most recent quarter.

Contractors with SAP skills were also well paid -- $119.54 an hour -- and Cisco skills, which could command $103.21 an hour.

The most recent quarter was not a good one for business intelligence consultants. Placements for those roles fell by 23 percent quarter-on-quarter.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


ICT contractors face short-term shift
 
 
 
Top Stories
 
 
IAG hands digital chief his own ‘Labs’ division
Enterprise ops chief squeezed out in restructure.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should law enforcement be able to buy and use exploits?



   |   View results
Yes
  14%
 
No
  51%
 
Only in special circumstances
  17%
 
Yes, but with more transparency
  18%
TOTAL VOTES: 825

Vote