Strong demand for IT staff tipped to continue

Demand for IT staff will continue to grow through 2005 and 2006, despite an expected slow-down in the economy, say recruitment companies and City economists.

Demand for IT staff will continue to grow through 2005 and 2006, despite an expected slow-down in the economy, say recruitment companies and City economists.

Ann Swain, chief executive of the Association of Technology Staffing Companies, said IT professionals with project management or business skills, especially in compliance, would remain in highest demand.

The financial sector, public services and outsourcing companies would drive demand for IT staff in the next two years, she added.

James Wellesley-Wesley, head of UK equity markets at investment bank Robert W Baird, said strong demand for IT staff would boost recruitment firms over the next 12 months.

He told a meeting of IT recruitment companies that their industry would expand by 5% in 2006.

But Swain warned that growth in demand for IT staff could slow if the economy slowed down.

"The past two years have seen above-trend growth in the industry, but as the UK economy slows in 2006, growth in the IT staffing sector may moderate," she said.

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