IT Contract Jobs Overview
IT contractors work for businesses and organisations at various levels from administrator through junior and senior analyst roles through to specialist and senior management posts, on fixed-term projects or to provide short-term cover in areas including:
- Software or system design.
- Network or security architecture and administration.
- Software testing and quality control.
- Field support engineering.
- Second line technical support.
- Sourcing (or purchasing) and outsourcing.
- Business change.
- Contract risk and governance.
IT Contract Jobs Education Requirements
An education to degree level will certainly help with contract applications at the most senior technical and management levels. However, this is by no means a precluding factor for many contractors in the IT industry, where many employers frequently prefer technical qualifications, ability and relevant experience. MCSA or MCSE certifications are of particular value, while contractors who can combine teamwork and business awareness with good interpersonal skills are sometimes offered renewals or career progress to permanent IT jobs, should they desire it.
IT Contract Jobs Market
According to recent reports published by Contractor UK, a leading organisation for freelancers, general conditions for temporary IT staff are positive. Employer demand for contractors is still growing, though more slowly than in previous years.The Recruitment and Employment Confederation expects slower growth in permanent employee positions, due to uncertainty around global economic conditions. These factors are good news for IT contractors, whom employers can hire more flexibly. Demand for IT contract jobs is currently highest in cyber security, development, infrastructure and Ruby projects.
IT Contract Jobs Salary Information
Contractor UK figures for analyst IT contract jobs report average daily rates of £370 varying with area, experience and company budgets. Project managers can expect £420 whereas Agile Java and security risk assessment jobs command between £450 and £500. Alternatively, security architects and senior managers may expect remuneration rates of over £700.