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IT will increase recruitment despite overall job market slump

Rebecca Thomson

IT will see staffing levels increase in the third quarter of 2009, despite a predicted drop in the overall job market, according to research.

While the UK workforce is set to shrink in most sectors, IT organisations are expecting to hire more than they fire.

The effects of the recession have begun shifting from the private sector to the public sector, with net employment intentions in the private sector, according to the quarterly Labour Market Report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and KPMG.

Other sectors that expect to see staffing levels rise are retail and healthcare (including the NHS).

The researchers surveyed 900 employers across the UK and found signs that the decline in jobs is slowing. Another wave of redundancies cannot be ruled out, though, as the UK economy is making a weak recovery.

Dr John Philpott, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said: "When it comes to the immediate jobs outlook, the best that can be said is that things are getting worse more slowly."


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