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4 reasons why IT contractors have it good in the UK

by 1st Contact | Feb 03, 2015
  • Gone are the days when people worked for the same company for 35 years to receive a gold watch or certificate at the end of their careers.

    New generations of workers are taking control of their time and lives by working as contractors. We take a look at a few of the reasons why IT contractors love working in the UK.

    1. Contracting is the way of the future

    As a contractor you have the freedom of deciding your own hours and planning holidays around contracts, you also gain an enormous amount of experience and grow your skill-set much faster than you would as a permanent employee.

    2. Contracting pays

    According to research conducted by the Professional Representation Network, the UK’s top contractors earn three times the average UK wage. The average annual earnings of the top 100,000 contractors is around £80,000 per annum, compared to the national average income of £27,000.

    3. IT contracting pays even more

    There’s even better news for IT contractors: they are the highest paid contractors in the UK according to  Robert Walters' The 2015 Global Salary Survey. An IT director can take home anywhere between £700 and £1,000 a day, a security specialist between £400 and £650, a business analyst can charge anywhere between £450 and £500, a Java developer £400 to £550, and a Systems Administrator £300 to £400.

    4. A growing industry

    Why is IT contracting so well-paid? In simple terms, there is a massive demand for skilled IT contractors. The REC Report in the last quarter of 2014 confirmed that five types of IT contracts were especially in demand: business intelligence, Java, .Net, software and SQL. We’re living in a digital age and IT workers are necessary for almost every aspect of business.

    London loves IT

    If you work in the IT industry you should consider exploring your options in the UK, and especially London. You could live and work in one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the world and get well paid at the same time. Whatever kind of person, food, transport, pub or nightlife you’re after, you’ll find it in London.

    Are you an IT specialist? Do you qualify for a UK visa? Visa rules are set to change in April 2015, so there’s never been a better time to head to the UK than right now. Get in touch with our visa experts on

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    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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