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Recruiters report skills shortages as IT vacancies rise

Demand for IT staff in the UK continues to rise, resulting in shortages of some software skills, according to a survey of 400 recruitment and employment agencies across the UK.

The survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG found staff skills in SAP, Perl, .Net, IT security and Microsoft Office support were in short supply in permanent roles, with Sharepoint developers and business analysts in demand for temporary vacancies.

Jeff Brooks, chair for the REC technology sector group, said, "We are seeing a slowdown in the IT sector but there is still growth in the market. I do not think we are only just starting to experience the public cut squeeze; we have been experiencing that over the past few months.

"Whether this is a trend or a blip is hard to say. My prediction is we will remain in a growth period for the IT sector but at slower pace than last three months."


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.Net developers were also in short supply in July according to the REC/KPMG report last month. But there is no shortage of .Net developers in India. After last month's report, Computer Weekly's Inside Outsourcing blog, experienced a plethora of companies offering their services in .Net - all from India.


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