Six months is too long for an IT professional to be out of work, according to a survey of staff who are currently looking for work.
Almost half of the 132 respondents said they had been out of work for between six and nine months after being made redundant. Most of these worry this is too long and could count against them in the hunt for a job.
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They predicted that IT managers and project managers are the most likely to be made redundant at the moment, as IT departments put large projects on hold during the recession.
But Teresa Sperti, head of international marketing at the IT Job Board, which conducted the report, said, "On a more positive note, these roles are more likely to be hired first when the market picks up."
The company said volunteering is a good way to update a CV and pick up new skills while redundant.
Sperti said, "Across the board, companies are either going into administration, or laying off staff. Those IT professionals who have been made redundant need to remain positive, get networking, and look at ways of keeping their skills-base up-to-date."