by Billy MacInnes
The rate of increase in advertising for the overall IT jobs market in the second quarter was the fastest for three years, despite a 21% decline in public sector job postings.
According to CWJobs.co.uk and JobAdsWatch.co.uk, the rise was mainly fuelled by an increase in advertising for permanent posts in the financial and media sectors. Public sector advertising dropped to fifth place, behind retail and manufacturing.
The financial industry was also responsible for the most contract jobs advertising, with the public sector in second place.
The most sought after skills for permanent positions were in SQL, C, C# and .NET, while Linux made it into the top ten for the first time at the expense of Unix. While SQL and C were still at the top for contract work, Linux was not in the top ten.
Commenting on the results, Richard Nott, website director at CWJobs said: "We were all aware that the IT sector would be affected by public sector cut backs, but it's encouraging to see that overall job postings are continuing to increase. With contract work still available at the moment, there are opportunities in the public sector for those willing and able to be flexible."