Public sector IT job advertisements have fallen by 36% in the third quarter of this year compared to the first three months as contract roles are decimated.
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In the previous quarter public sector IT jobs were down 21% compared to the first quarter of 2010, but the contract element remained buoyant. The figures from recruitment website CWJobs.co.uk show that advertised IT contract jobs decreased 29% over the past quarter.
This is the result of public sector organisations trying to make quick savings, said Richard Nott, director at CWJobs.co.uk.
"When contractors reach the end of contracts they are being let go. It is a very immediate way of showing cost savings," he said.
CWJobs.co.uk said the private sector is still hiring and overall demand for IT professionals has grown in every quarter this year.
The financial services sector is leading the way, accounting for the largest number of advertised contract and permanent roles of all sectors.