The demand for Java has reached such a crescendo that one recruitment agency plans to place part-qualified Java developers two to three months before they are ready to hit the workplace.
Recruitment consultancy FastrackIT hopes this will let it avoid the current frenzy that occurs around newly qualified Java developers.
Paul Rosenthal, technical director at Fastrack IT, said, "[Six months ago] newly qualified Java developers would have three or four interviews and accepted offers in the low £20,000s.
"They are now going to as many interviews as they can, playing one off against the other and receiving multiple offers approaching the £30,000s. It's very difficult for companies who make a very good offer but can't be sure whether it will be accepted."
FastrackIT, which runs Sun certified apprenticeship programmes, can give its client companies access to trainees half-way through their training, while the trainee is guaranteed work when they graduate.
Alison Ford, vice-president of the IT division at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said schemes such as this will become more common. "We would like to see some kind of partnership where companies subsidise training programmes while agencies offer advice on skills progression and career planning," she said.