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Job growth slows as public sector freeze bites

Rebecca Thomson

Demand appears robust for jobs in the technology sector, for both permanent and temporary roles, according to the latest survey from KMPG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

For permanent jobs in August, IT and computing saw a ratio of 57.9 (where 50 indicates no change on the previous month), the third highest sector behind engineering and executive jobs.

For temporary workers, the ratio was slightly lower at 54, putting IT staff as the fifth most in-demand workers.

Both figures were a marked improvement on this time last year, when both markets contracted.

Permanent jobs had a ratio of 46, and temporary a figure of 47.8.

But growth across the UK job market as a whole was the slowest for ten months, with the report's authors putting this down to public sector recruitment freezes.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said, "Growth is rapidly slowing as public sector job freezes start to bite and private sector employers' confidence remains fragile.

"The young are being disproportionately affected by the worst labour market in over two decades," he said.

"The report does, however, highlight the emergence of specific shortage areas, such as chefs, nurses, engineers and internet developers, which will provide opportunities for those with the right skills."


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