The growth in activity in many technology disciplines has been less profound at the senior end of the market where the opportunities are typically less prevalent anyway and any uncertainty tends to slow the pace of change at a senior level.
The marketplace has gradually been shaping into two broad groups based on the provenance of the company.
The US Silicon Valley software organisations have a different compensation scale to many of the indigenous technology businesses which is often a combination of US influenced salaries and stock or share options.
This is welcome recognition of the welcome recipient but it can also become golden handcuffs since it is very hard for most people to justify a drop in compensation for a new position.
Permanent positions still dominate with contract roles seen as an interim and short term solution as a last resort when the timing forces this outcome.