The demand for IT staff hit a six month high in December leading from the front in an energised job market that rounded off the year with nearly all sectors demanding workers.
According to the latest monthly figures from KPMG over the entire economy the rate of growth in permanent positions remained solid and salaries increased at a good pace.
The financial services house follows the state of the job market and had been warning through most of last year that any improvement risked being undermined by public sector cuts.
That warning potentially still remains with the job market currently being driven by demand from the private sector.
"A look at the sectors indicates that the private sector is mainly responsible for the overall positive picture, with IT and computing as well as executive and professional staff most in demand," said Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG.
But he added that the jobs market was entering a critical phase: "First, the impact of government cut backs in public sector spend and employment, which should start to bite over the coming months. Second, the impact of the recent VAT increase and whether this will affect UK consumer demand and job creation."