Pay rates for interim IT directors have increased by more than a third to £80 an hour to meet the surge in demand, research has revealed.
The figure from the iProfile Skills Survey - which was commissioned by the Association of Technology Staffing Companies (Atsco) and produced by iProfileStats - also highlights a move away from permanent staffing towards interim posts.
Ann Swain, chief executive of Atsco, said, "Contract IT personnel, such as Java programmers, have long been a feature of IT departments but until very recently the IT director would have been a full-time employee. That is now changing.
"IT departments are always under pressure to contain budget growth and they are starting to be much more aggressive about controlling the costs of their most senior staff."
The need for different skills at each stage of an IT project was another factor pushing employers towards interim staffing, she added.
Swain said interim directors were also being brought in as troubleshooters where IT departments faced problems and to handle the insourcing of previously outsourced services.
"We are seeing organisations recruiting interim IT directors to take over IT projects which have been brought back in-house.
"Organisations are looking for the most cost-effective way to rebuild skills and systems that were hollowed out in the outsourcing process," said Swain.
The iProfile Skills Survey is produced each quarter and reports on the value of IT staff and contractors, based upon their role, skills, experience, location and industry sector.
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