The Oxford Index for IT consultants indicated a healthy start to the new year, with an index of 122, reflecting strong demand for IT consultants.
Results of our study for Q1 2016 are based on 117 IT managers’ responses from across North America.
Our findings for Q1 2016 showed:
- 33 percent of respondents expect an increase in their use of IT consultants while 11 percent anticipate a decrease.
- 42 percent anticipate no change in use of IT consultants, and 14 percent were unsure.
- The eight-quarter trend of the Oxford Index for IT consultants remains positive: all of the past eight quarters have been above 100, suggesting positive demand over the last two years.
The top Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that reflected the strongest anticipated demand for IT consultants were in Dallas/Fort Worth, followed by Los Angeles. A decrease in demand was reflected in Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina and the Northeast.
By application, the area of information technology that shows the greatest anticipated demand for consultants in Q1 2016 is IT infrastructure, as shown in the graph below.
Companies within the education & research sector currently have the greatest demand for IT consultants, followed by financial services organizations.
For a full report of the latest hiring trends for IT consultants, download a copy of the Oxford Index for IT today.