Freelance IT workers will experience little trouble finding work in the middle of the credit crunch, according to recruitment firm ReThink.
Carrying out a survey among company directors, the recruitment company found that 60 per cent claimed an increased skilled IT employee intake would be essential for their growing workloads.
A further 73 per cent of directors polled predicted that wages for contractors would stay the same over the coming months.
ReThink also found that directors' major priorities over the next year were preserving key staff and employing better-qualified candidates, contractoruk.com reported.
The company's director, Michael Bennett commented: "More than four times as many IT directors think rates will rise than fall, which shows that skills shortages are still very much an issue."
Last month, a survey conducted by Microsoft, Lancaster University and the British Computer Society revealed there are now 60 per cent fewer software engineering students in the UK than there were five years ago.