US firms are hiring UK IT consultants in the digital sector with online business marketplace PeoplePerHour.com reporting a 275% increase in the number of US firms hiring UK IT consultants over the last year.
The figures, from PeoplePerHour, showed IT and web programming as well as web design were the skills most in demand.
The research reveals Californian companies are increasingly employing UK workers. "UK IT consultants are competing most successfully in California, the home of Silicon Valley, which attracts IT specialists from around the world. This shows that it isn't just US IT specialists that the UK consultants are successfully competing against, but IT specialists from other countries too," said PeoplePerHour.com CEO Xenios Thrasyvoulou.
"The huge growth in hiring UK IT consultants from the US when both countries have high unemployment shows that the UK staff are not just taking surplus jobs but competing with their US counterparts in a highly competitive marketplace.
Earlier this year PeoplePerHour revealed an increase in offshore opportunities for UK IT workers. The website was involved in contracts for 3,310 UK IT freelancers in India in the first three months of 2011. This compared to just 380 in the same period in 2010.
At the same time there were 70 contracts arranged on the website for UK IT workers in Brazil, compared to 20 in the same quarter in 2010. But the US was the biggest opportunity with 1,140 UK IT professionals getting work there, compared to only 140 in 2010.