The number of IT support roles advertised has surpassed IT management roles for the first time this year, research has found.
According to specialist recruitment website The IT Job Board, the number of IT manager roles has almost halved over the past few months and now accounts for 32% of vacancies, while support functions represent 50% of the available positions.
The research found that demand for project managers has also decreased month-on-month between May and September of this year. While project management roles stood at 31% of the total available jobs in June and 30% of all roles in September, again the number of jobs on the website decreased during this period.
The recruitment firm also noted a decrease in contract and permanent positions over the past few months. At the end of June 2010 contract roles accounted for 30% of all positions advertised on the site. Today, they account for just over one quarter at 28%.
Meanwhile, the number of roles in SQL, web development, software engineering, PHP, Java, ERP and .net has increased over the past three months.
"It is interesting to see that IT support roles have taken over from IT manager jobs as the most widely advertised on the site, and perhaps a reflection that companies are cutting back on bigger IT projects, which require specific project management skills," said the managing director of The IT Job Board, Alex Farrell.
"At the end of 2009, we predicted that skills such as .net, web development, SAP and Java would be in real demand for the year ahead and the findings from this third quarter report certainly seem to indicate such a trend," said Farrell.
"As companies get to grips with social and business networking, Web 2.0 skills are proving to be critical."