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Demand for developer jobs rise despite recession fears

SQL Server, .net and C# skills are in high demand from UK employers recuriting for permanent IT jobs, a study has revealed. Recruiters expect the demand for IT jobs with these skills to continue in 2008 despite fears of a recession.

Adverts requiring SQL Server increased 52% in 2007 from 2006 and demand for .net skills was up 50% and C# was up 48%.

The rise in demand for systems developers is an indication of how well the market for IT jobs is as a whole, said Jeff Brooks, chair of the IT & Comms Sector Group at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which comissioned the study.

"In previous downturns, we have seen a lockdown in system development and we are watching to see signs of that," said Brooks.

There were just fewer than one million IT staff working in the UK during the third quarter of 2007 - down 1% from 2006. Despite the fall, recruiters remain confident about the demand for IT staff.

A survey of 2500 advertised positions by IT recruitment firm CV screen showed IT salaries in the South East have increased by 3.4% over the last 12 months. The average permanent IT salary in the region is £33,513.

Jason Price, account manager at recruitment firm CV Screen said that he does not expect a slowdown.

"We have noticed a year on year rise in demand for IT staff with .net, C# and SQL Server skills and do not expect a slowdown in these areas," said Price.

In the event of a slowdown, Price said new IT projects and the creation of new positions are more likely to be halted, rather than current IT staff being shed.





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