Growing demand for Unix and Java skills are driving the recovery in the jobs market, the latest Computer Weekly/SSL Quarterly Survey of Appointments Data and Trends has revealed.
Unix topped the list of the technical skills most in demand. SQL, the previous leader, fell to fourth place. Solaris and AIX versions of Unix also saw strong increases in demand.
Java has jumped from sixth place to second place - its highest level for three years - and was mentioned in more job advertisements than any other skill.
"We are seeing a lot of Java, particularly in mobile wireless, J2ME vacancies, because of the embedded code on mobile phone pages and set-top boxes," said Steve Gallucci, sales director of recruitment company S.Com.
Gallucci said it was becoming particularly difficult to find enough skilled embedded Java programmers with security clearance to meet the demands of the defence industry.
Demand for Microsoft Office skills has also risen, pushing it to third place and C++ and SQL Server were in sixth and seventh place. SAP skills have fallen nine places in the table to 28, reflecting the downturn in the manufacturing industry.
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