"Permanent v Contract"
Permanent vs Contract Permanent IT Roles in Higher Demand According to Research From The IT Job Board Permanent IT jobs are in more demand than contract positions, according to research(1) carried out by The IT Job Board, http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk. When surveyed, 56 percent of respondents believed that there was currently more calling for permanent roles, as opposed to 44 percent for IT contract jobs. 61 percent of those surveyed were in contract work, and when asked why they chose this type of role 40 percent advised that it was down to the higher salaries. 39 percent were in permanent IT jobs, and 44 percent of them stated that it was because of the security this work offers. When asked which types of jobs were most likely to be permanent, 94 percent of respondents believed that it would be IT director and CIO roles. 75 percent stated that consultancy jobs were most likely to be contract positions. 60 percent of those surveyed considered that there would be risks in switching employment too frequently. When asked why they would change jobs, 56 percent said for new challenges, and 51 percent stated it would be for a higher salary. Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, commented: "In a turbulent economic environment, many would believe contract roles are in greater demand. "It is positive to see the permanent IT jobs market remains buoyant. Employers continue to advertise permanent and contract positions and, despite the downturn, we are still seeing a great deal of movement in the sector at all levels." Notes to editors About The IT Job Board: The IT Job Board (http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk) is the biggest IT jobs site in the UK with over 18,000 vacancies advertised. The IT Job Board group of companies was set up in April 2002 in recognition that recruitment in the IT sector was increasingly dominated by the internet. Online technology enables sophisticated targeting - for example by skill, region or experience of http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk's database of 800,000 IT professionals. The IT Job Board always tries to get closer to candidates either via planned content campaigns, or through the use of social networks. The site also offers employers services such as branded job postings, a featured employer zone, targeted email campaigns and guidance on advertising copy. The managed campaign service filters responses to provide companies with a shortlist of applicants most suitable for the advertised position. http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk's clients include Accenture, Bloomberg, the British Council, Cap Gemini, Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM, Imperial College, LogicaCMG, Norwich Union, Notting Hill Housing Group, the Peabody Trust, Roche, Sage, T-Mobile and the University of Manchester. (1) 498 respondents interviewed on the theme of `Permanent vs. Contract' (January 2009) Source: The IT Job Board