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Demand for IT staff 'continued to rise in February'

Mar 09
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Last month, demand for IT staff continued to rise, with skills in business process management cyber security, games development, Java, .Net, SharePoint and SQL Server proving to be particularly desirable, according to new research.

The monthly Report on Jobs from KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reveals that in February, both permanent and temporary workers saw marked increases in demand, with sharper growth seen for the former.

While demand for IT and computing workers came seventh out of nine industry sectors in terms of growth, it still climbed to a three-month high.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said: "Recruiters are reporting talent shortages across the economy as businesses expand in response to increasing demand. This is a major challenge for employers, however those seeking work are feeling the benefit.

"A third of recruiters say that starting salaries for permanent jobs overall are increasing as competition for skilled staff drives up pay."

Heath Jackson, partner in the chief information advisory practice at KPMG said that the recovery in the UK's job market is gaining real traction, but the availability of skilled candidates continues to be a real concern. Businesses are having to fight each other in order to secure the best talent.

He added that this environment is driving significant salary growth in pockets of the market, particularly in the IT industry where demand and supply are substantially mismatched.

Commenting on the report, Angelo Di Ventura, director of IT services firm Trustmarque, said: "In response to the financial crisis of six years ago, many organisations trimmed their IT workforce to the bare minimum and stopped investing in their IT infrastructure. "

These organisations are now beginning to invest again in large-scale IT projects, which is driving demand for people who have the right skill-set, he added.

Mr Di Ventura also believes that 'flexible resourcing' must be considered as technology is constantly evolving, with new innovations coming to the market at rapid pace. He believes it is expensive and inefficient to maintain constant staff levels when the needs of businesses change often.

"A flexible resourcing model is the answer to fluctuating IT needs, helping businesses augment their core of permanent staff with temporary staff in line with their requirements," Mr Di Ventura concluded.

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