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UK's top 20 most wanted IT skills for permanent staff

This table lists the IT skills in most demand for permanent staff in Q4 2008 in the UK by number of vacancies advertised.

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There are still thousands of permanent vacancies across the UK for IT professionals with all kinds of skills. But...

the figures below show what a tumultuous year 2008 was for the IT sector.

>> See our full analysis: The UK recession: Impact on the IT sector

The skill with the highest level of demand – SQL – also saw one of the biggest drops with advertised vacancies falling by 26% in a year.

This table lists the IT skills in most demand for permanent staff in Q4 2008 in the UK by number of vacancies advertised.

This tables also gives the Q4 2007 advertised vacancies for comparison.

Skill
Q4 2008
Q4 2007
SQL
3,532
7,828
C
2,222
5,413
Oracle
1,763
3,942
SQL server
1,626
3,747
C#
1,546
3,700
Java
1,445
3,968
.NET
1,358
3,238
SAP
1,271
3,047
Microsoft office
1,248
2,531
ASP
1,184
2,748
Unix
989
2,694
Access
932
1,606
HTML
861
2,033
WIN XP
832
2,136
C++
772
1,773
Microsoft exchange
767
1,522
Javascript
757
1,569
XML
754
2,050
Visual basic
703
1,760
Linux
669
1,321

Source: SSL/ComputerWeekly IT Quarterly Survey Jan 2009

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