Demand for IT staff falls, but rate of decline eases

Demand for IT staff fell in May, but...

Demand for IT staff fell in May, but the news was not all bad, with the number of vacancies falling slower than in most other sectors and the rate of decline easing.

Some skills are still in demand, with .net, Sharepoint, PHP, business intelligence and general IT skills all in short supply for permanent positions.

Contractors with CNC programmers, .net, and Sharepoint skills should also find it easier to find jobs.

The KPMG and Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) report on jobs shows that the number of IT vacancies has declined.

IT fared better than many sectors, sitting at number two on the vacancies league table. Only nursing and medical care saw a rise in vacancies last month.

Overall, the drop in demand was the slowest fall for seven months, and rates of decline continued to ease.

Mike Stevens, partner and head of business services at KPMG, said, "There is now some reason to hope that the UK jobs market has overcome the worst, at least for this phase of the recession. For the third successive month we have seen a slowing in the rate of decline in both temporary and permanent staff appointments. Demand for staff is still falling but much less fast than at the beginning of the year and many employers seem to be holding off shedding staff and contemplating recruitment."

But he added it is difficult to build real optimism, with public sector spending now in the balance as governments start to reign in outgoings and cut back on borrowing.

The report was produced by Markit Economics and sponsored by REC and KPMG.



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