IT contractors work long hours and take little holiday but are satisfied with their work-life balance, research finds.
The survey of 2,000 IT contractors reveals almost one-fifth take fewer than 10 days holiday a year, while four in 10 take between 10 and 20 days holiday a year.
Nearly a third of respondents work up to 50 hours a week but more than half are satisfied with their work-life balance.
A third of those surveyed plan to retire before they are 50 years old.
Matthew Brown, managing director of accountancy firm Giant - which conducted the survey - said the tight recruitment market is forcing IT contractors to work long hours.
He said: "With the current uncertainty in the recruitment market, contractors are under increased pressure to secure themselves contracts. They are therefore less likely to be jetting off abroad this summer if it means jeopardising their chances of finding a placement."