The IT jobs market continued to surge at the end of last year as demand for permanent staff reached a six-month high, causing a shortage in some software skills.
A survey by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), found a skills shortage in .Net development and Java development for temporary roles as IT sector jobs accelerated in December 2010.
IT was the strongest growth sector. Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, said: "A look at the sectors indicates that the private sector is mainly responsible for the overall positive picture, with IT and computing as well as executive and professional staff most in demand."
Brown said the UK job market is entering a critical phase, surrounding two questions.
"First, the impact of the government cut backs in the public sector spend and employment, which should start to bite over the coming months. Second the impact of the recent VAT increase and whether this will affect UK consumer demand and job creation," he said.