In the modern business world, companies need to save money while at the same time keeping abreast with advancements in technology and, according to a new report, this is driving the need for more IT contractors to be recruited.
Because of new technologies such as cloud computing and unified communications, IT contractors can actually help to bring a firm's costs down while at the same time increasing its flexibility and giving it more of a platform to compete with rival firms.
And it is for these reasons that demand for suitably qualified people is growing.
Indeed, the Publishing Trends in UK Consulting study from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) shows that the amount of fees paid to IT consultants in the construction and transport sectors is up by almost 80 per cent in the past 12 months.
Payments to those IT workers serving the resources and energy sectors has grown by 39 per cent and spending on those supplying IT management solutions to manufacturers is up by 25 per cent.
The MCA, which represents 75 per cent of the UK consulting market, said that cutbacks are not preventing firms from spending on IT and new technologies because they recognise that it gives them "better options".
“This is [why IT is] an important and growing market for management consultancy firms in the UK,” said Alan Lehman, MCA chief executive.
“The UK has a strong background in IT solutions for large multi-national business, and is a world leader in cyber security. This market creates a formidable platform to export our consultancy skills”.
The study follows on closely from a recent report published by Freelancer.co.uk and Contractor Calculator which said that having skills in mobile technology was particularly desirable at present because many firms are currently moving into social media for the first time.