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Recession provides chance for skills gap to narrow

Simon Quicke

The recession appears to have given the skills gap in the IT industry a chance to close up with the number of trained candidates outstripping the vacancies available.

The skills crisis has been an on-going problem for the computer industry and although there were expectations that the downturn and the drop in demand for staff would have an impact it seems to have helped produce a positive situation.

According to figures in the Technology Demand and Supply report, from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and e-skills UK the number of 'ready candidates' is now greater than demand.

The main skills in demand still include SQL, C#, .NET and Linux, but the number of people who have mastered those areas has also risen.

"Our members are showing increasing confidence in the sector and many of them are looking to hire more recruiters as a result," said Jeff Brooks, chair of REC Technology.

"It is very encouraging to see that companies will still invest in technology to develop their businesses even when there is a tough economic landscape. I look forward to the upturn developing into an even stronger rate in the months ahead," he added.


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