Demand for jobs dips in September to yearly low

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Demand for jobs dips in September to yearly low

Simon Quicke

A discouraging picture is emerging in the IT job market with the buoyancy of the first half of the year slowing down.

Although the first two quarters saw a return to growth in both permanent and temporary ICT jobs the third quarter has seen things slow according to the latest figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.

The employment market in September saw the weakest growth since October last year and although there was still demand for those with security, cloud computing and net developer skills there are worrying signs.

"September's Report on Jobs shows that the jobs market is starting to flatline and may herald a 'double dip' in employment.  Whilst there is marginal growth, these figures are the worst we have seen for a year," said Kevin Green, Chief Executive of REC.

He called on the government to do all it can to make sure that unemployment did not increase. "This must include avoiding new regulation that could restrict businesses and jobs growth".

Overall although the ICT jobs market fared better than other sectors the slowdown across the entire economy hit a yearly low.

Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, said that it was already possible to see the impact of public sector cuts.

"Many organisations have started redundancy programmes or have at least imposed hiring freezes," he said.

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