Technical contractors' rates at a peak

June was an expensive month for companies hiring professional technical contractors. The average rate for contractors - including developers, analysts, project managers and Unix specialists - rose last month to £27.60 per hour.

June was an expensive month for companies hiring professional technical contractors. The average rate for contractors - including developers, analysts, project managers and Unix specialists - rose last month to £27.60 per hour.

This was up from £27.01 in May and £26.81 in April, according to professional contractors' web portal Contractor UK. The current figure is the highest this year, surpassing the £27.56 set in January.

"This rate rise can partly be attributed to the time of year," said the organisation. "Contractors can find themselves on short-term fillers as staffers disappear for their summer sojourn. Also, as we are six months on from January, many contractors take the opportunity to slip away themselves at the end of contracts."

The figures show that for the first time, analysts are earning more than developers. But while SQL, the most commonly requested skill, commanded a few pennies more than previous months, for most other languages there was a significant price tumble. Java fell from £34.25 to £32.96, C++ dropped from £33.92 to £33.08 and C# went from £33.27 to £32.80.

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