Demand for IT contractors over the New Year looks to be lower than expected and many companies say they are confident that internal IT staff can handle the demands of the Year 2000 changeover.
According to IT recruitment firm, DP Connect, only 17.5 per cent of 504 companies surveyed recently signalled they might need extra contract staff over the period. Most clients believe they can cope with existing resources of permanent staff or contractors already on site.
Jan Stevens, research and marketing manager at DP Connect, said: "In the springtime most clients said that they might well employ extra staff over the period, but many feel they are sufficiently well-prepared."
Contractors had expected to command high rates from companies desperate to avoid Y2K glitches but with only a small percent of firms anticipating the need for extra staff they may find themselves out of pocket.
Equally, the range of industries requiring extra help is widespread, according to Stevens, ranging from small and medium enterprises such as law firms through to facilities management companies. The skills in most demand are for mainframe development; networking support and helpdesks; PC support and communications; Internet and ecommerce.
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