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Top 5 Paying IT Contractor Jobs

The IT industry has evolved phenomenally in the past decade or so, with the constant introduction of new technologies. If 20 years ago someone told you about an iPhone or an iPad, you’d probably stare at them blankly and laugh. According to our Contractor Survey, 50% of respondents worked within the IT sector and with […]

By Laura Nixon on 09 Dec 2015
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The IT industry has evolved phenomenally in the past decade or so, with the constant introduction of new technologies. If 20 years ago someone told you about an iPhone or an iPad, you’d probably stare at them blankly and laugh.

According to our Contractor Survey, 50% of respondents worked within the IT sector and with 31% of respondents stating that their daily rates were between £500 and £749 per day, so you can see the attractiveness of the IT market. So here is a list of the top 5 best paying IT Jobs.

1. Security

With the rise of technology, our concerns about safety have only grown with it, in turn, increases the volume of cybersecurity contracts over the years. Online security is now one of the most sought-after skills from small businesses to big corporations and banks.

These skills are definitely reflected in the daily rate, which averages out at £550 per day, while demand is likely to continue to grow.

2. Java

Javascript is used on around 850 million computers worldwide and as a contracting skill, remains in high demand despite being 20 years, Java is still one of the most popular contractor skills to have.

Banks and financial institutions heavily rely on java contract developers for the development of financial applications. As banking technology evolves Java contractors play a key role and could earn daily rates of around £460 per day.

3. Mobile Development

Since more and more users are viewing web pages via their smartphones and tablets, the mobile development market has grown rapidly and thus becoming one of the hottest contracting skills to possess.

With programming languages such as Java, C++, Objective-C and Apple’s new programming language, Swift becoming a rare sought after skill to have. This is mainly due to the dominance of Android and Apple IOS in the mobile market. Meaning a high demand for contractors with these skills could earn on average £400 per day.

4. .Net

.Net framework is very valuable in the IT world as it was designed with the Windows operating system in mind. Microsoft’s Windows operating system has just under 90% market share of the world’s desktop market. Contractors with this skill could be looking at daily rates on average around £390 per day.

5. Business Analyst

Last but by no means least, Business Analysts have become a pivotal role in any business you could earn daily rates on average around £425 per day.

If you work in the IT industry and think you have the skills and knowledge to make the move to contracting, then call our New Business Team on 01253 362062 or email contractoradvice@nixonwilliams.com for more information.

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