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More than half (57%) of staffing companies expect to increase recruitment during the fourth quarter of the year. Only 4% of staffing companies expect to reduce the number of temporary agency workers, while 39% expect conditions to remain stable, according to a survey by the National Institute of Economic Research.
It is a trend that staffing companies in the IT industry have been quick to recognise. Total Resource, a company specialising in IT staffing, is experiencing increased demand now.
Hanna Malmbratt, CEO at Total Resource, said: “We plan to hire new employees and are very positive for the IT industry going forward. We have seen strong growth in our consulting group last year and expect continued strong growth. The services that our customers demand are primarily infrastructure services, maintenance and support, and to some extend development. The economy changes constantly, adapting itself, but we feel that there is a lot of pressure on the market now so the demand for our services is great.”
With regard to consulting, recruitment agency Wise IT is just as optimistic about the future and sees great potential in the market. Mathias Linafve of Wise IT, commented: “In 2014, we believe that the market for resource consultants and recruitment in IT will continue to improve. We believe that the Stockholm and Malmӧ regions will see the strongest growth. Sectors that we think will grow proportionally the strongest are telecommunications, retail, manufacturing/industrial, and games.”
Mr Linafve believes that the development of new smart solutions in business systems, customer relations management, business intelligence, databases, integration, and storage will further increase the demand for developers and testers.
Another trend is the increasing number of foreigners looking for jobs as consultants. “Increased labour migration between countries will continue to characterise the IT market, and today we can see that almost half of all applicants for specialist roles are of foreign origin. The challenge is that customers still require applicants fluent in Swedish, both speaking and writing,” Mr Linafve added.