IT jobs market bounces back to pre-recessionary levels


IT jobs market bounces back to pre-recessionary levels

Simon Quicke
The IT job market continues to recover from the doldrums of the recession with the demand for both permanent and temporary staff continuing to grow.

The latest monthly figures from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG show that the upturn in jobs which started earlier this year has maintained its momentum through April.

The IT sector was the second fastest growing sector for permanent jobs, behind executive/professional and was in fourth place in terms of temporary staff demand, behind engineering/construction, secretarial and blue collar positions.

Jobs in the technology sector have now returned to pre-recessionary levels after suffering a severe dip last year.

Over the entire economy permanent and temp positions rose and there were also increases in salaries. But there are concerns that a change in government could have an impact on the jobs market.

"The first test of the new administration will be to nurture the slowly improving but fragile jobs market," said Kevin green chief executive of REC.

Although the jobs market continues to improve April was slightly slower than March and Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, picked up on the impact of cuts in the public sector as one area that will start to hit the figures.

"It is now becoming increasingly clear that the long predicted public sector recession has started to hit the jobs market and therefore the upwards trend we have seen over the last couple of months may come to a halt," he warned.

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