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Recruitment agencies in the UK have seen the fastest rise in job placements this month at any time in the last 12 years. Recruitment firms, admittedly a somewhat optimistic group, claim the strongest growth in permanent positions since October 1997. Recruiters are also seeing more demand for temporary staff. Salaries for …

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Public Sector IT pay up?

It certainly isn't where I work. Pay was frozen for us last year, is frozen for the next 2 years, with market supplements being reviewed. Given the state of the private sector, I'd bet that "reviewed" means "removed" so I'll be 6% worse off a year - that doesn't take inflation into account over the 3 year period either.

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Don't think so

I left my last contract (public sector) in March last year and took 9 months to find a new contract (private sector) - my rate went down by almost 50% - and I have both many years experience and a set of relevant qualifications. 2 Months into my new contract all contractors on site were asked to take a 10% rate cut - so I haven't seen this upturn in rates.

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AC above who had a 10% discount

remember that a negotiation to have a rate cut effectively means that you are no longer within IR35 because it fails the "act like an employee" clause. Employees cannot have enforced pay cuts. So, as a contractor, it is sometimes not a bad idea to accept a rate cut every now and then (whilst looking for a new role) because it gets you out of IR35 and could potentially save 1000's.

If you decide to not take up the offer of a cut; then you also fall outside IR35 because you negotiated but did not agree, a la Mutuality of Obligation.

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Titles cost money don't you know!

Exactly what planet is the author of this article living on?

I work for a very large IT (rhymes with He-Mans) company and we're in the middle of suffering two rounds of redundancies and a year-long pay freeze! This alongside the company proudly announcing that they are spending over 500 millions euros on securing "outsourcing technologies" and "remarkable increases in first quarter revenues 2010".

Get a grip! The IT industry has seen a chance to maximise profits and bonuses and are going for it with every ounce of energy they can muster!

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1997? Ring a bell?

The last change of government in the UK...

Coincidence or indicator?

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I haven't Seen it

As a consultant working at a large blue chip teleco, I've seen over 10000 contractors axed in a year and an enforced minimum 15% rate drop (some got 30%). Plenty of Indian expats still about.

Also my chosen tech which is a bit obscure hasn't broken the 2 pages of jobs on jobserve for over 18 months. Thus retraining in progress.

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The public sector recession which clearly is on the cards hasn't hit the jobs market yet... REALLY?

I'm working in the public sector (6th form college), and I pay rise is frozen for the next 3 years. Also if someone leaves a department, they will not looking for a replacement. Instead the rest of the team has to share his/her job.

I wonder who wrote this article, because it seems he/she doesn't live among us.

I would like to see when the bankers bonuses will be slashed to make up for the deficit they've caused for the UK economy.

Ta-taa

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Yes right...

Yeah right when was this 'research' done then? There hasn't been any public sector recruiting of significance in the last 3 months.....Lot and lots of banking jobs though....Rates are plummeting on a weekly basis...

I would love to see where they get their info from...

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