Curriculum changes should increase contractor demand

Changes announced to the UK’s schooling curriculum look set to boost contractors’ earnings over the next twelve months.

A new survey by Giant Group found that 79% of contractors within the education sector expect their earnings to increase or stay the same over the next year; a growth of 5% on figures from last year.

This is partly due to expected skills shortages when the IT syllabus is altered to include programming and coding for both primary and secondary school pupils.

Children as young as five will be expected to have an understanding of algorithms and be able to both create and debug simple programs.

Managing Director of Giant Group, Matthew Brown, said: “(This addition) to the UK syllabus has boosted demand for skill sets in these niche areas and therefore contractors with these attributes are now expecting a rise in earnings over the next year.

“Specialists are particularly sought after to plug gaps and to generally smoothen processes for education providers.

“We’re all aware that adding new subjects is likely to bring staffing issues and many schools are looking to employ contractors to ease the transition.”

However, not all findings from the study are so positive. In particular, 70% of respondents have only taken one contract role over the last year, and there’s been an increase in contractors reporting an average gap of 0-31 days between assignments.