Demand for talent for Business Analysts, Product Owners and Product Managers has been noticeably strong throughout the first 6 months of 2021. As organisations have established structures and procedures for flexible working and the threat of a decline in business passed, the bounce in project activity, as well as BAU needs, has been significant.
With a continued trend towards Agile continues growth in demand for Product Owners across all industry sectors. Software Engineering and in particular SW Product Development are niches that outpace the market which is further driving demand for both Product Managers and Product Owners.
There has been more of a leaning towards day rate contract roles from a broader range of businesses than had been the case over the preceding years with organisations being able to make 6 or 12 months commitments to projects or requiring one-off skills.
This swing has nudged the contract rates a little higher but not exponentially. The salaries for permanent positions have risen by the equivalent amount as the competition for talent has heated up.