Recruitment agency DPP International has established a specialist service to support the growth of the contractors in the telecommunication market. It will provide telecoms contractors at all levels to European operators, manufacturers and service providers.
Tim Hartles, account manager for the telecoms division at DPP International said, "The biggest trend to hit the telecoms market will be voice over IP. It is a global necessity that will knock out the need for certain switches and produce cheaper and faster communication."
There are bounties to be claimed for those contractors with the right specialist skills within the industry. "At the bottom end of the scale contractors will be laying cables and fibre for £8 to £12 an hour. But those with specialist skills can virtually write their own pay cheques, earning from £600 to £1,000 a day. These are individuals who know exactly what the technology is all about, know where the market is going and have project management skills. But there are probably only 100 to 200 contractors in Europe who have this skill set."
Hartles predicts that companies will have to cross train contractors and permies with the appropriate skills to meet the demands of the market. Even those with a good grounding in ATM, IP and switching technology may need to update their skills.