The recovery in the IT jobs market continues with the latest figures recording a fifth consecutive monthly improvement and a return to the sorts of levels of placements enjoyed in the pre-recessionary days of 2007.
According to the latest research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, last month saw demand for both full-time and temporary jobs at the highest rates for two years with the IT sector the strongest across the UK economy.
IT & Computing staff were the most in demand with the jobs market recovering to pre-recession levels. Elsewhere, the demand for blue collar permanent staff continued to struggle along with the numbers of contract workers required by the hotel and catering industry.
But across all sectors overall December was a good month providing more evidence that the UK economy is coming out of recession.
REC chief executive Kevin Green said that the recovery in the jobs market was accelerating and employer confidence was returning.
But he warned that the employment market would remain tough, particularly for those looking to break into it for the first time.
“Despite the increase in demand for both temporary and permanent staff, the jobs market will remain extremely competitive, particularly for younger candidates,” he added.
One of the political talking points at the very start of the year was trying to predict just how many people would join the ranks of the unemployed with expectations of cuts in the public sector workforce adding to those numbers.
“The jobs market has continued its journey back to health and the data are certainly encouraging. We now need to see this improvement carried over into 2010 for the jobs recovery to be consolidated,” said Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG.
“However, the prospect of possibly extensive public sector job cuts in the second half of 2010 casts a long shadow over everything. The jobs market has been cushioned in recent years by continued public sector expansion. If this is put into reverse post-election, it could have a significant effect on employment figures,” he warned.