Demand for IT staff in media sector grows 25%

Demand for IT staff in the media sector increases 25.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

Demand for IT staff in the media sector increases 25.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

According to a Computer Weekly report from Salary Services Limited (SSL) and JobsAdWatch.co.uk, the number of permanent staff recruited by media organisations grew 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the previous quarter, with 25.2% more vacancies being advertised than a year ago.

 

Trends in media recruitment – download the full report from Computer Weekly  (requires registration) 

 

However, vacancies are still down by 42.4% on pre-recession recruitment levels for the sector.

"This surprising figure is due to a number of factors, which include better development tools becoming available that lead to improved productivity, more reliable software and hardware needing considerably less support and operations staff to run computer centres," said George Molyneaux, research director at SSL.

"Added into this is the wholesale movement to use offshore companies for both development and operational support, which has had a major impact on the opportunities for home grown IT personnel," he added.

Salaries advertised for permanent IT roles in the media sector increased by 2.1% compared with 2009 figures. This is higher than the average of 1.1% across all sectors. Salaries for project managers increased 12.6% compared to a year ago.

Demand for skills such as ASP and Agile show increased demand.

 

Trends in media recruitment – download the full report from Computer Weekly  (requires registration) 

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