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Despite December traditionally being a slow month for recruitment, the number of permanent IT vacancies rose by 4% between October and December 2003, and IT contract jobs rose by 1%, according to the CWJobs Quarterly IT Skills Index.
The regions that saw the fastest growth in demand for permanent IT staff were outer London (14%), the West Midlands (10%) and inner London (9%). Demand was greatest for staff with experience in SQL, Unix and C++ systems.
The CWJobs Quarterly IT Skills Index is based on information taken from all jobs advertised in the leading UK print publications and online recruitment sites.