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.
This was first published in March 2004