A fifth of of contractors saw their hourly rates cut last year, while 51 per cent saw rates rise, compared to 59 per cent of permanent IT staff who saw their salaries increase, with just 2 per cent experiencing a slide.
The figures come from Dice - which also suggests both permies and contractors could probably improve their salary prospects if they snorted up a little DevOps dust.
Dice’s Jobs Market Report for 2016 showed around 42 per cent of contractors were pulling in between £31 and £60 per hour, with 29 per cent pulling in between £1 and £30 an hour. 18 per cent hauled in £61 to £90 per hour, while a lucky 5 per cent get to bill for more than £151 per hour.
In the permie world, 38 per cent of employees grossed between £20,000 and £40,000 per year, with 28 per cent grabbing £40,000 to £60,000. A mere 4 per cent of permies were grossing more than £100,000 a year.
Unsurprisingly, 76 per cent of contractors expected to change jobs within the next three months, compared to just 43 per cent of permanent employees.
Project management, development and support and ops accounted for 20 per cent, 11 per cent and 16 per cent of contractor gigs respectively. In the staff world, the figures were 15 per cent, 13 per cent and 27 per cent.
So it may or may not be a surprise, that challenging tasks was a key motivator for 33 per cent of contractors when considering a new role, followed by salary at 26 per cent. Salary was a key motivator for 28 per cent of permies, with challenging tasks tying with career opportunity, at 27 per cent.
Dice also highlighted what it said were the “fastest growing skills” based on the number of tech jobs advertised. React was the biggest climbed, up 488 ranks, and with an average salary of £52,000, while Docker climbed 402 ranks, but attracted a higher salary of £57,500.
Grunt came in third place, up 338 ranks and commanding an average salary of £45,000, while Elasticsearch jumped 259 ranks, with average salary of £57,500. Ansible climbed 258 ranks to fifth place, and pulled in the biggest top five salary at £60,000. ®