One in five IT professionals are considering a freelance role, according to a new report. Nigel Frank International and Dynamics-Jobs.com asked 16,237 Microsoft Dynamics specialists about their career in tech as part of an annual salary survey.
The report revealed that 21.2% of permanent employees are considering freelance work – over double last year’s figure of 9.7%.
Half of those dissatisfied with their current job cited a lack of career and promotional prospects as the main reason.
One in three pointed to poor leadership and vision – while company culture and training also played an important role in their decision.
IT professionals in permanent roles said that they valued favourable working hours, an attractive salary and a positive work environment.
They also appreciated fringe benefits such as a company laptop, a bonus scheme, company pension, health insurance, flexible working hours, and the ability to work from home.
48% of respondents spent at least one day per week working from home in 2015, while 20.2% of respondents worked from home three days or more each week on average.
On the bench
55.6% of professionals across the Dynamics eco-system reported a busier 12 months as the amount of Dynamics related work increased.
But the percentage of consultants in the UK that spent more than 30% of their time ‘on the bench’ increased to 28% from 25% last year.
3.5% told Nigel Frank International that they were not currently working.
According to the survey, 42% of professionals were certified by Microsoft this year, with 3.1% working towards certification. One in three experienced a pay rise post-certification.
This year there were less respondents who were technically proficient in Dynamics AX (31.2%), with more CRM (40.8%) and Microsoft Dynamics NAV respondents (22.1%).
Overall, Microsoft Dynamics’ key focus industries – IT, Manufacturing, Retail & Professional Services – were well represented in the UK.
Dan Hackney, Senior Manager (Contracts) at Nigel Frank International, said: “With contracted roles offering candidates flexibility and a better work/life balance, it’s little surprise more IT professionals are considering the freelance route.
“Year on year our salary survey offers amazing insights into the Microsoft Dynamics industry – whether it’s candidates keen to find out their worth, employers looking to retain their top performers, or experts wanting to keep pace with developments in our fast-paced industry.
“My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who took the time to participate in the survey.”
On average a mid-level Dynamics CRM developer earns £50,521 a year – with freelancers able to bill up to £600 a day.
To find out how much you should be earning download the full salary survey at nigelfrank.com/en/microsoft-dynamics-salary-survey.