Headlines: May 13th, 2005

With the deadline for providing e-government services across the public sector only just over six months away, demand for IT contractors is rising steeply. According to a survey by online IT recruitment specialists CWJobs.co.uk., demand increased by 25% in the first quarter of 2005. Compared to the same period in 2004 there has been a 200% increase. These increases are marginally less than those for the IT rich financial sector.The data is based on key information taken from all the jobs advertised in the UK’s leading IT and multi-sector recruitment web sites, together with jobs advertised in IT business magazines, as well as national & selected regional press.

Commenting on the statistics, Richard Nott, Sales Director at CW Jobs said: “Since 2004 we have witnessed a continual investment in e-government initiatives aimed at improving efficiency at all levels within the public sector and the results are beginning to show particularly in the rise of contractor positions. However, we have also witnessed several reports claiming that there is still much work to be done in order to improve IT and, as a result, we feel that the numbers will continue to increase throughout 2005 and beyond.”