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GIS Contracting Back in Fashion?

Earth Observation and Spatial Analysis

Following a decline in daily rates for contracting jobs in GIS in 2013-24, itjobswatch.co.uk reports that the past year has seen a marked increase in daily rates by 36% to £400 per day this past year.  This suggests that contractors are now back in demand after a couple of years of the industry divesting itself of those in these roles. Itjobswatch reports there were 341 permanent jobs advertised last year, although the average salary has settled a little from £48,000 to £44,000, after a 20% increase 2013-14.

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  1. Chris Brown
    February 10, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Interesting Bruce though I have to say I haven’t seen many of these £40+ jobs advertised? Certainly won’t exist in Public Sector!

    • bgittings
      February 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Yes Chris, I suspect they will be in the commercial sector: engineering and (until recently) oil & gas.

  2. Margaret McKeen
    February 12, 2015 at 8:03 am

    At our institute, although not strictly public sector, but essentially we are through RESAS funding, has gone back to using fixed term contracts for all new posts and although the salaries look slightly better than the old system they don’t get a lot of the benefits we permanent staff do.
    I would wonder how many of the jobs would use GIS to it’s full extent. The number of project partners who were taught GIS ‘on the job’ for specific tasks because Windows based GIS (i.e. point and click) are easy to use but are not taught the basics, (e.g. scales, data resolutions etc.) and of course there are unintended errors, say from combining different scales of data, in their outputs on occasion. I am not demeaning their work in any way as they are taught what they need to do but when sharing data it has made things difficult in the past.

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