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IT skills gap narrows

Businesses reported fewer difficulties recruiting skilled IT professionals in the 2nd quarter of 2006, according to a survey by sector skills council E-Skills UK.

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Businesses reported fewer difficulties recruiting skilled IT professionals in the 2nd quarter of 2006, according to a survey by sector skills council E-Skills UK.

The proportion of companies reporting hard-to-fill vacancies fell from 25% to 12.5% between the first two quarters of the year, the lowest recorded level since the second quarter of 2005.

Although organisations said they would step up recruitment over the last half of 2006, most said they did not expect recruitment difficulties to get worse.

The figures came amid signs of greater churn in the jobs market. More IT staff were looking to move jobs in the second half of 2006, with numbers up 12% from the previous quarter.

Despite easing pressure on recruitment, more firms reported gaps in the skills of their existing workforce.

One in 10 organisations said their IT teams had skills gaps, with a shortage of high-level technical skills being the most common compliant.

The figures follow a slight fall in training by employers during the first half of 2006, with the percentage of ICT staff recently receiving job-related training and education falling from 31% to 29%.

Feast and famine as skills market unravels

SSL/Computer Weekly salary surveys

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