IT Job Market Report - October 2019
- Although there has been a substantial monthly increase in demand for IT professionals, this is to be expected in January (as demand for permanent staff in December is typically the lowest point of any year).
- The more interesting comparison is the Year on Year comparison which shows that demand for permanent IT professionals has risen by 6%.
- The same comparison for the contract market shows a 10% drop in demand; this is likely to be as a result of the pending IR35 changes which will be implemented in April 2020.
- These changes are resulting in more private sector organisations having to pay more attention to their contractors’ employment status.
- There are signs that we might just be seeing some confidence returning to the market, especially on the candidate side.
Demand for IT professionals has improved in January, with a 7.3% increase from December – this was expected given that December is traditionally the slowest month of the year.
Candidate availability has improved slightly with 7.4% of candidates within the IT sector actively looking for work – this is the highest level since May 2019.
The demand for contract staff has fallen with only 11% of IT vacancies contract-based.
The number of IT candidates registered on LinkedIn who are open to opportunities increased to 8.6% (the highest point in 2019 was February when 8.7% were open to opportunities).
The demand for IT professionals has been high for several years; it now appears that there is more confidence on the candidate side.
The increased candidate confidence can be seen with the number of applications being at their highest point for two years. It can also be evidenced that there are more active candidates than at any time since May 2019.
There is evidence to suggest that now the Brexit impasse has been resolved that candidates feel more secure about looking for work.
The biggest challenge on the horizon for the IT sector is the IR35 changes for the private Sector. It seems that many contractors, recruitment agencies and end-users are ill-prepared, and the reality is only just beginning to dawn. The drop in demand for IT contract staff is likely to continue over the next 2 or 3 months.