The current economic climate is prompting more companies to look for temporary IT support from recruitment agencies, it has been claimed.
Flexibility and the need to keep employee numbers down among cash-conscious businesses are the main reasons for the surge in interest, a spokesperson for IT support company Connect said.
They also stated that services which incur a monthly fee rather than a long-term one-off payment are popular among businesses right now.
Chief executive of Connect Mark MacGregor said: "Since the start of the year, we have seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of enquiries for IT support. Outsourcing is an obvious way to save money quickly."
However, he advised businesses against too much outsourcing and recommended their IT systems and aims are all clear at the beginning of any contract, bobsguide.com reported.
This autumn, a newly-devised IT course will be introduced into 12 UK colleges which will work towards dealing with the current skills shortage in the sector.