Rates / Contract Market Reports

This section contains the latest job market reports for contractors, freelancers and consultants.

Contract Rate Checker

If you are an IT contractor, you can see the prevailing market rates for your skill / application area via our new Contract Rate Check tool.

Positive outlook for IT contracting industry in 2014

After several tough years for the economy, confidence has started to rise again. Here we look at the outlook for the contracting industry in 2014.

Top 20 contract rate negotiation tips

If you are about to start a new contract, or if you're coming up for renewal, these tips may come in handy to help you maximise your earning potential, while keeping on the right side of your agent and end-client.

Contractor demand slows as clients more confident to hire permanent staff

April's Report on Jobs suggests that firms may be growing in confidence to hire permanent staff again, as the demand for contract and temp staff slows.

Demand for IT contractors steady during Q1 2013

Data collected from IT job boards during the first quarter of 2013 shows that the overall demand for IT contractors remains steady across the UK. Another poll predicts a quarterly dip in demand for financial service IT contractors.

Interim management market set for a buoyant 2013

The demand for interim managers continues to increase, particularly in the private sector, as firms favour short-term hires over the more costly alternative of recruiting permanent senior staff members.

Oil and gas workers set for bumper pay rise in 2013

Most oil and gas firms believe that salary / rates are rising at an unsustainable rate - with wages anticipated to rise by over 15% in 2013. Contractors will be pleased, of course.

Healthy outlook for Oil and Gas contractors

A newly released survey of the oil and gas industry recorded across-the-board rises in average rates in 2012, with a similar trend expected in 2013.

IT contractors more confident about public sector opportunities in 2013

The public sector is seen by an increasing number of contractors as a fertile source for new contract work, according to the results of a recent poll.

Firms favoured IT contractors over permies during 2012

IT contractors continued to profit from the reluctance of many firms to take on permanent IT professionals in 2012, as the hangover from the credit crunch continued.

Clients paying premium rates for contractors with Video-on-Demand skills

A specialist recruitment agency has reported a surge in demand for IT contractors with 'Video On Demand' (VOD) experience.