Information technology and telecommunications (IT&T) continues to be the most attractive industry for accounting, tax and finance contractors according to results of Deloitte Re:sources' Survey of Contractors Intentions.
While IT&T has lost some of its gloss, this year 25 per cent of respondents rated it as very attractive, compared to last year's survey in which 45 per cent rated IT and 35 per cent rated telecommunications as very attractive.
Some 48 per cent of respondents cited the government sector as not attractive, which is an improvement on last year when 65 per cent of contractors said it was not an attractive sector.
The survey tracks trends and reasons why accounting, tax and finance professionals take up accounting, what makes them stay or leave, and their views on the benefits and disadvantages of contracting.
The survey found 49 per cent of respondents have been contracting for more than two years, with another 30 per cent intending to continue contracting for three years of more.
There was an increase in the belief that employers have a negative perception of contractors, with 34 per cent of respondents agreeing this is the case, compared with only 3 per cent in last year's survey.
"In order to change this perception, it remains a constant challenge for contractors to demonstrate to employers the value in technical expertise and industry experience which they bring to an organisation, as well as skill transfer on completion of projects, irrespective of contract length," Re:sources lead partner, Deborah Coakley said.