The slowdown that affected the temporary technology market during July has continued into August causing the weakest monthly growth reading for IT contractors in over two years.

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The Recruitment & Employment Confederation scored IT contractor demand at 58.7 in their latest reports, which is the lowest figure since June 2013.

Despite positive demand for IT contractors as a +50 score signals growth on the previous month, it represents a fifth consecutive month that the profession has fallen.

Seasonal factors could be behind these scores due to workers ‘taking the summer off’ and ‘shelving their plans’ to find a new opportunity until September.

Although, it could also indicate that recruiters, and employers, that are behind the demand of contractors and freelancers, must have shut down for the summer too.

Java contractors should expect to be wooed as these were the only IT contractors that were in short supply.

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