Current Use of IT Contract Workers 2013

October, 2013


As a percentage of the IT staff, the use of contract workers has been rising over the past two years amid the sputtering recovery. For large organizations, which make the most use of contractors, the median ratio has jumped dramatically, exceeding pre-recession levels and hitting highs not seen since 1998. IT executives remain reluctant to hire permanent workers, choosing instead to augment their staff with temporary hires. As the recovery matures and the outlook improves, we anticipate the contract labor ratio among larger organizations will fall to a more normal level. However, it also is likely that there will be a new normal, reflecting secular growth that underlies the cyclical trend. (12 pp., 5 figs.)
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