Web and e-commerce skills are leading the way as demand for IT staff continues to grow at the fastest rate since the summer of 1998.
In April demand for contract staff rose by 6% in just one month, according to the latest monthly survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
In the second half of 1999 the IT contractors market was in its first sustained slump, but this year its job market index has already risen by 23%.
The index for permanent staff shows demand rising at the same rate as in March. The skills most sought after are Web design, Web programming (especially Java), telecoms and general e-commerce skills.
IT still has some way to go to get back to the top of the league of eight sectors measured by the survey, which shows boom times for most areas. Permanent IT staff are now fourth, and contractors are one place off the bottom of the league table of temporary staff.