There are some signs of optimism in the IT jobs market, the latest figures from Computer People suggest. Compared to this time last year, permanent vacancies are up 6% in retail, 7% in telecoms and 12% in media. Vacancies in the public sector are up by a huge 30%, but that’s from a very low base.
The contract market is less healthy. Not only is the pool of vacancies small, but overall demand for freelance IT staff has yet to show any signs of growth. In particular the number of contractor vacancies in the public sector is down 10% year on year.