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Third quarter sees slight increase in IT jobs

Rebecca Thomson

The third quarter of 2009 saw an increase in IT jobs, although the hiring process remains slow as managers stay unsure about the length of the downturn.

Companies are increasingly starting to strengthen their IT numbers after making large numbers of redundancies in the first half of the year.

But getting a job is still a slow process - managers are moving slowly because of uncertainty over the length of the downturn, and because they feel they can spend time looking for the right candidate. There are also high numbers of internal candidates to consider.

The Robert Walters Technology Market update said some bosses are using the downturn to snap up high quality candidates who would not normally be available.

Salary levels for those in jobs stayed steady during the quarter, as firms made counter offers to people looking to leave as an attempt to hold on to staff.

There were pockets of renewed recruitment activity in the financial sector, especially for staff with experience of systems related to better liquidity and risk management.

The growth of online shopping and services continued to translate into more jobs, with high demand for IT staff with e-commerce skills, web design, development and maintenance.

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