Layoffs are increasing demand for contract IT workers, whether they call themselves free-lancers or consultants, reports Computerworld.
Citing data from job sites Elance and oDesk, it attributes the increase to companies struggling with workloads and too few employees. Elance reports listings for temporary jobs have increased 50 percent over this time last year, while oDesk reports a 100 percent increase.
Dice and Challenger, Gray & Christmas last week reported layoffs remain a worry for tech hiring managers.
Meanwhile, many jobs cut in this recession won't be coming back, according to a Wall Street Journal story cited on 24/7 Wall Street. In a survey of 179 companies (not just IT) by consulting firm Watson Wyatt Worldwide, 52 percent said they expect their job rolls to include fewer people in three to five years than they did before the recession.