The latest findings from the iProfile Skills Survey has found contractors reported their second consecutive rise in hourly rates per hour during the second to third quarter period of this year.
And recruiters report this slight uplift in salary expectations is being driven development projects, which are continuing to lead demand for more specialist programming and integration skills, overtaking demand for Java expertise.
Lisa Kwiecinska, Recruitment Zone operations director said: “The third quarter of 2006 has seen a significant increase in both permanent and contract opportunities across all sectors involved in IT. Skills such as C# and general .Net technologies have emerged as front runners for most development focused projects over during this period, whilst it seems that Java is slowly slipping back down the priority list for many companies.”
The survey, commissioned by IT professional body, ATSCo and produced by recruitment firm SkillsMarket, did also reveal the median salaries of permanent staff fell slightly. But positive changes in annual earnings were, however, reported for a number of permanent IT roles. And looking longer term, pay for permanent IT staff appears to be following a generally upward trend.
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