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Scotland to get more than 1,000 new IT jobs

Karl Flinders

The Scottish IT sector will recruit more than 1,000 IT graduates this year and sales and marketing workers in IT will see the most opportunities, according to the latest Scottish Technology Industry Survey.

Sixty three per cent of Scottish IT companies interviewed said they would hire more people this year. None of the companies were expecting to cut staff with the other 37% thought staffing levels would remain the same.

The survey was commissioned by IT industry body ScotlandIS and 9-20 recruitment.

Sales and marketing are the most sought after skills in the IT sector at the moment. Software and web development expertise are also in high demand with the majority of these positions likely to be filled with permanent staff.

"Scotland's software and ICT sector is one of the Scottish economy's hidden assets and has been less damaged by recent economic difficulties," said Polly Purvis, executive director at ScotlandIS.

"We are encouraged by the optimism reflected in this year's survey, which suggests the industry responded promptly to the recession, and is now recruiting again, poised for growth."

Workers earning between £23,000 and £35,000 are the most sought after employee group.

Of the technical skills in demand Web 2.0 marketing skills came top, with 17% citing these skill sets as being in demand. Next most in demand were .Net, Java, Project Lifecycle and Sharepoint skills, in that order.


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