Growing confidence in the IT industry has sparked a surge in demand for permanent IT staff, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Report on jobs.
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The report, which featured research from 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies, showed a rise in demand since January 2004.
Companies recruiting permanent staff are reporting shortages of IT security consultants and programme managers. The survey also revealed that demand for IT contractors has fallen below 2004 levels, easing shortages experienced by firms last year.
Jeff Brooks, sales director at training firm Parity, said, “Throughout 2002/2003 there was a slump in demand for IT contractors. Since then, the market has picked up, but contractors should not take this growth for granted.
“REC’s Report on Jobs revealed a glut of temporary workers and this may translate into slimmer pickings for contractors.”