Businesses are holding off from replacing those IT staff that were jettisoned during the recession looking instead for the channel to fill the skills gap with its managed services expertise.
Although the demand for permanent IT staff has risen since the start of the year according to national figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) a proportion of those that let staff go have yet to step back into the jobs market.
Esteem Systems quizzed IT directors discovering that the preference was to turn to managed services specialists rather than to increase internal headcount.
Only three per cent of firms were planning to replace IT staff that had been axed during the downturn.
"Our survey showed that businesses are understandably being cautious with regards to investing in recruitment, despite the fact that we're coming out of recession," said Alastair Kitching, CEO at Esteem Systems.
"However, 95 per cent of the businesses we questioned believe it's vitally important to continue to invest in IT solutions, with 61 per cent identifying managed services as a preferred approach," he added.
Earlier this week the latest figures from REC for May showed that permanent IT jobs were continuing to hold up with demand for enterprise software and security skills. On the temporary front managed services was the top skill in demand.
The threat of public sector job cuts and the ongoing talk of economic difficulty from the current government have made it likely that the current 2.5m unemployed in the UK will rise over the next six months.