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Thousands of new IT jobs expected in Scotland

The Scottish technology sector expects to create several thousand new jobs this year, with demand growing for specialist skills in key areas.

But there are concerns that these skills may not be found in sufficient numbers however.

The second annual Scottish Technology Industry Survey, by industry body ScotlandIS, discovered that 90% of companies predict growth during 2007-8, with 40% forecasting that growth will exceed 20%.

ICT businesses expect the greatest growth to come from the energy and utilities, financial services, professional services and public sectors, both in the Scottish and the broader UK markets.

Businesses are increasing their geographic markets, with 45% doing business in Europe. North America remains an important market with one in 4 companies reporting sales to the US.

While 70% of respondents predict a growth in headcount, nearly 60% are concerned about finding suitably qualified new recruits.

"The areas of greatest demand include senior software developers, systems integrators, planning managers and sales and marketing specialists," said Polly Purvis, executive director at ScotlandIS.

"Headcount will need to grow by an average of 10% this year to support anticipated sales increases. Concern about being able to recruit suitably qualified people is significantly ahead of other perceived growth constraints," she said.

ScotlandIS represents over 200 software, telecoms, IT and creative technologies businesses across Scotland.

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