Recruiter predicts IT job market recovery

MSB International, one of the 10 largest IT recruitment consultancies in the UK, has predicted a steady recovery in the jobs...

MSB International, one of the 10 largest IT recruitment consultancies in the UK, has predicted a steady recovery in the jobs market over the next eight months.

Aidan Anglin, head of sales in MSB's technology business, said it had seen demand in IT recruitment increase by about 25% since the final quarter of last year, and predicted that the recovery would continue.

The increase adds to a growing body of evidence that the IT market is staging a sustained recovery after three years of economic downturn.

The retail and banking industries are leading the recovery, buoyed by spending on wireless technology and the chip and Pin initiative to reduce fraud, said Anglin.

"Retailers are starting to use radio frequency identification technology and will need staff to make it work," he said.

"The roll-out of chip and Pin has stimulated demand for system design, and banks and major retailers need to ramp up for this."

Anglin predicted that there would be a single-digit rise in salaries for permanent staff over the next year, with a premium placed on staff with experience in IT security. Demand for IT staff with general business skills as well as technical expertise would also be a key trend, he added.

"A lot of our clients are looking for added value from IT staff, which means business knowledge and specific industry knowledge.

"The days of sitting in a cubicle and cutting code without any knowledge of its impact on the business are gone."

MSB International last week announced a pre-tax profit of £300,000 in its preliminary 2004 year-end results, up from break-even in 2003. However, its turnover of £67m was down from £84m in 2003.

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