For the third year in a row IT contractors are expecting a pay increase, according to research from recruitment firm giant group.
Results from giant's latest survey shows 71 percent of respondents believe rates will increase over the next 12 months, up 6 percent on last year's predictions.
A further 52 percent expect contracting opportunities to increase over the next year.
The rise in work expectations is in line with wider reports across the industry, including the latest IT directors' survey from recruitment consultancy ReThink.
According to this research 77 percent of respondents are expecting an increase in workload for IT teams in the coming months, but 52 percent do not believe they currently have the capacity to increase output.
These figures suggest a rising demand for contractors to fill expected gaps in the next year.
Giant group found that financial services and the public sector remain two of the biggest areas using IT contractors.
This is perhaps unsurprising, said giant, given the on-going systems migration in the finance arena and the government's shake up of the welfare system — both of which will continue to drive demand for niche experts to oversee projects.
Managing director of giant group Matthew Brown said: "It's extremely encouraging to note so many contractors feeling optimistic about their pay prospects and future work opportunities.
"With the ever-present gap between demand and talent supply, such niche experts will understandably be highly sought-after."
He said: "With on-going investment in areas such as big data and mobile, the need for professional contractors will only continue to intensify."
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