Google searches for contract tech work up by 23%, five-year high

Latest search volume data suggests increasing interest in temporary tech roles

With recent reporting on the decline of the dream ‘Big Tech’ job and an ever-shifting labor market, contract tech work has seen an uptick in interest over the last 12 months.

Digging into current attitudes towards contract, or temporary, roles in IT, Tenth Revolution Group has conducted keyword research revealing a steady increase of 23% in Google searches over the last year reaching a five-year high according to Google Trends.

Month Feb23 Mar23 Apr23 May23 Jun23 Jul23 Aug23 Sep23 Oct23 Nov23 Dec23 Jan24 12 mth trend
Search volume 4400 4400 4400 4400 4400 4400 4400 5400 5400 5400 4400 5400 +23%

Responding to these new data insights, Tenth Revolution Group Chairman and CEO James Lloyd-Townshend commented: “The rise in searches for contract roles in tech is both noteworthy and positive. Taking in this data in the aftermath of The Great Resignation, it’s a clear and coherent picture. Contract work gives professionals that much more agency when it comes to structuring their projects, workloads, and crucially their work-life balance.”

“And for businesses, we’re still in the midst of waves of critical digital transformations. This often means hiring technical specialists who can dedicate their time and expertise to the work. For most organizations, contractors are great for working on one-time projects such as implementation or building additional functionality—which is where bringing in those IT specialists on a fixed-term basis makes ideal strategic sense.”

“It’s a scenario that can be very positive for businesses and tech professionals alike. The business benefits from the expertise and skillset required to pursue their transformation project, and the tech professional is able to work on a project-to-project basis, creating more flexibility in their working life.”


Data was collected using on 26 February 2024, and corresponds to global Google search volumes over the period February 2023 – January 2024. Google Trends data was collected on 25 February 2024, and corresponds to global Google search volumes over the period March 2019 – February 2024.
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