IT job vacancies for the first quarter of 2013 have risen for the fourth year running, setting the sector on track to reach pre-recession levels.
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According to data from CWJobs.co.uk, IT vacancies are only 15% below where they were pre-recession, in the first quarter of 2008, compared with 41% just three years ago.
Software houses and consultancies showed a 1.4% surge in vacancies last year, due to a continued increase in outsourcing functions and consumer technology.
The report also found that SQL skills have remained the most in demand for the past five years and that C# has overtaken C as a desired skill for employees.
Richard Nott, website director of CWJobs, said: “As Britain’s economic position stabilises, growth is being seen across most sectors of the IT industry, signalling that it is finally recovering from the recession.
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“The technology industry looks to be at the forefront of Britain’s growth, and if it maintains the same trajectory, could be boosting Britain’s economic position even further.”
Other sectors to show growth were finance (0.7%) and retail (1.1%). However, permanent roles in the public sector decreased by 0.4%.