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IT job vacancies continue to grow in April

The number of vacancies in IT has soared over the past year, according to the latest KPMG and Recruitment and Employment Confederation report on jobs.

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The number of vacancies in IT has soared over the past year, according to the latest KPMG and Recruitment and Employment...

Confederation (REC) report on jobs.

Using a system where a rating of 50 indicates no change on the previous month, the report showed IT was only a shade behind the executive and professional sector in the number of new roles coming onto the market in April.

It had a rating of 64.6 for permanent jobs, representing a huge jump from 34.3 this time last year.

The sector also preformed well in the temporary and contractor market. IT had a rating of 57.1, up from 36.9. It had the fourth fastest growth of all sectors, below blue collar jobs, which were third, secretarial, and engineering and construction.

But despite good signs of growth in the private sector, public sector staff are expecting to be hit hard in the coming months.

Bernard Brown, head of business services at KPMG, said, "The latest figures show that the UK jobs market is continuing on the road to recovery. While the UK's gradual emergence from recession is starting to lead to better job prospects in the private sector, many public sector employers have finally woken up to the scale of the financial challenge that is coming their way. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the long predicted public sector recession has started to hit the jobs market and therefore the upwards trend we have seen over the last couple of months may come to a halt."

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