Demand for permanent IT staff increased in January with these workers the second most in demand professionals.
A study looking at job vacancies in January 2012 from KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation revealed IT skills are in short supply.
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The study showed there was also a demand for temporary IT workers, but more modestly than permanents.
The rise in demand for IT workers reflects a modest rise in demand across sectors. Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG said:
“Given the continued impasse surrounding the Eurozone and the knock on effect this has on business confidence, it is a welcome surprise to see a modest increase in the number of permanent job placements across the UK. Perhaps employers are beginning to accept that they need to have the right people in place to kick start the economy?
But there are more people chasing these jobs. “Sadly, though, the number of people hoping to fill these vacancies continues to rise and with unemployment benefit claimants up for the 10th month in succession, the competition to be the right candidate in the right place is tougher than ever,” said Brown.
“At least there are signs within some industries that things are looking up. Amongst the engineering, construction and IT sectors demand for permanent staff has increased since the turn of the year. With so much attention being paid to these sectors at the moment, close attention should be paid to see if this is a trend set to continue as the year progresses.”
The report revealed that permanent IT staff with skills in C#, database administration, datastage, DB2, software development, IT marketing, .Net, SAP, security and VB are in short supply. Meanwhile the study found temporary IT skills shortages in business analysis, Citrix, datastage, .Net, Oracle and security.
Research last week from recruitment firm Robert Half revealed that over 80% of CIOs are finding it increasingly difficult to find people with the right skills to support their investment plans The survey of 600 executives revealed most demand for skills related to big data initiatives as well as mobile technology.
IT professionals with technical skills in database management were in highest demand, according to 46% of CIOs.