IT skills shortage falls to five-year low

IT skills shortages fell to a five-year low as thousands of jobseekers flooded the IT jobs market in the first half of 2010.

IT skills shortages fell to a five-year low as thousands of jobseekers flooded the IT jobs market in the first half of 2010.

According to the latest e-Skills UK report, only 3% of IT employers questioned said they were experiencing difficulties in finding workers with the right IT skills, qualifications or experience in the second quarter of 2010 - the lowest level since 2004.

The report showed the number of advertised vacancies for IT staff rose for the fourth consecutive quarter to 94,000 positions.

However, 75,000 jobseekers plus 37,000 unemployed IT professionals led to an excess supply of 18,000 "ready candidates" in the market for the second quarter of 2010.

E-Skills suggested some IT roles would still be hard to fill, such as systems auditors, systems developers, business analysts, project managers, senior test analysts and development team leaders.

Technical skills in Sybase, MVS, Coldfusion, Pegasus, Assembler, Axapta, DSP, Loadrunner, ATL, Swing, ADO, Embedded and Clearcase could take up to seven weeks longer to find than average, said e-Skills.

Falling demand for IT staff was also noted in electronics and public sector firms.

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