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Demand for IT jobs hits five year high

Simon Quicke

The demand for IT skilled staff is growing quicker than any other sector of the economy as customers look to recruit both permanent and temporary workers.

The latest Report on Jobs from the KPMG and Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has not only confirmed the recovery in the IT jobs market but now placed the sector at the top of the pile ahead of engineering and construction posts.

IT jobs have not seen this sort of growth in the demand for permanent positions since well before the recession with the good years of 2004 and 05 being the last time it even came close to current levels.

Sales skills were the most in demand for full time positions and CAD designers were being sought out as temporary staff over the last month.

Jeff Brooks, REC technology chair, said that the IT sector had been showing robust demand for jobs throughout the start of 2011 but to keep the flow of skilled workers coming through there had to be a commitment to ensuring there were workers with the necessary knowledge being developed.

"The IT sector has seen some of the strongest demand for staff in every month this year. It's clear that, whatever course the economy takes in the coming years, technology is becoming ever more important, and both the private and public sectors continue to need a steady flow of highly-skilled IT professionals," he said.

"This is why it is essential that the country looks very carefully at how many IT graduates we are producing, and how prepared they are for the world of work," he added If Britain wants to have a modern, high-tech economy, we must ensure that we develop the technology and computing skills needed for the job."


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