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New research has revealed great news for IT contractors looking to work overseas, as the demand for this sector has hit a 34-year high in Europe.

The recent report, which was carried out by IT recruiters Volt Workforce Solutions, showed that there has been a rise in the amount of new IT contracts being made available to contractors – particularly in places such as Germany, France and Switzerland.

Tom Daley, Volt’s president, “For the balance of our clients, contingent workers are essential to their project-based activities since it’s easier to ramp up teams for new initiatives with contingent workers.

“This is particularly advantageous when time-to-market is important for new projects/products.”

Many European businesses are choosing to extend their contracts for freelancers and umbrella company contractors; the skills most in demand from IT contractors include: mobile application developers, .Net developers and Android and Silverlight techies.

Mr Daley explained, “The demand for highly-skilled IT professionals has picked up quite a bit, albeit somewhat unevenly across our geographic markets.

“We’re seeing clients applying a careful and methodical approach to requesting IT talent in that they are looking for very specialised skill sets related to emerging technologies.

“We’re also seeing a higher demand for functional roles such as business analysts and project managers.

“This usually indicates an increase in the amount of projects being scoped out and we anticipate this will lead to further increases in demand for IT talent as these projects are implemented.”

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