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Employers looking for IT staff to build up in-house expertise

Simon Quicke

The private sector should pick up the slack on the jobs front when it comes to employing IT specialists as spending starts to pick up this year.

According to Executive Headhunters there are 93,000 new IT sales and marketing roles expected to be created over the next four years and it is already experiencing decent demand for technology specialists.

A lot of the demand for staff the recruitment firm is currently experiencing comes from firms looking to increase their existing IT teams and specifically to hire senior level professionals.

Phil Sharp, managing director of Executive Headhunters, said that the demand for commercially-focused staff had been fairly constant through 2010 but there had been a surge in the increase for experienced roles: "The number of senior roles being recruited has risen sharply over the last two months."

"Employer confidence is once again returning having allowed time for the dust to settle on the government's talk of widespread spending cuts and impending job losses," he added.

The views of the headhunters back up the numbers that come through from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which has showed that throughout the last year the IT sector, for both permanent and temporary jobs, has been one of the strongest performing across the economy.

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