Employers may struggle to fill IT vacancies as demand for staff surges

Demand for IT staff has overtaken the number of job seekers, leading to fears that employers may struggle to fill IT job vacancies.

Demand for IT staff has overtaken the number of job seekers, leading to fears that employers may struggle to fill IT job vacancies.

According to latest report by sector skills council e-Skills UK, the number of jobs advertised for IT staff rose to 101,000 vacancies in the third quarter of 2010 while the number of IT professionals seeking work fell to 100,000. This creates a shortfall of 1,000 candidates in the IT jobs market for the first time since 2008.

Karen Price, CEO of e-Skills UK, said, "While this is good news for IT professionals seeking employment in the sector, the drop in the number of ready candidates with the required set of skills may start to become a problem for recruiters."

The report also shows "an all-time low" for training with only 20% of IT staff receiving training in the previous 13 weeks compared to a UK average of 26%.

"It is also a concern to see the latest figures showing a continued decline in training being delivered to IT staff in work, and we are working closely with employers to reverse this by encouraging continued investment in workforce skills development," said Price.

Demand for IT staff was highest among software suppliers and in the finance, retail and media sectors. The majority of permanent positions advertised were for systems design and development roles.

The skills most in demand were SQL, C#, SQLserver, ASP, Java, HTML and Javascript.

Download the e-Skills IT & Telecoms Labour Market Bulletin, Q4 2010, here.

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