Demand in the contract market sat below 2014 levels all year, and the final quarter of 2015 was no exception – but at least it was only a fall of 2%. More disappointing was the near 15% fall in demand from the previous quarter, which is unusual for the festive period, when companies are more likely to need temporary resource to cover holidays or to cope with increased demand.
Despite this fall in demand, salaries continue to grow strongly in most sectors – a demonstration of the skills gaps that continue to threaten the sector.
Only IT security roles saw demand increase during Q4 (+13%), whilst almost every other discipline saw double digit falls. IT security also experienced the largest market growth over the last year, and the most significant rise in advertised wages.