Software suppliers and systems integrators are hiring more Microsoft .net developers as demand for new projects forces them to expand, according to recruitment companies.
“Software houses are mainly recruiting web developers,” said Simon Churen, managing director at consultancy Certes Computing.
Software suppliers are still hiring large numbers of J2EE developers, but most development jobs are going to people with .net Framework expertise, he added.
Michael Bennett, director of recruitment company Rethink, said demand for .net Framework skills had picked-up after a slow start.
Software suppliers and systems integrators are increasingly asking for people with a mix of technology and business skills, rather than the pure technology skills needed during the dotcom boom, said Jason D’Silva Williams, managing consultant at international staffing company Hudson.
“We can find programmers in the UK, but we are finding a massive issue with soft skills,” he said. “Companies need people who can also communicate back to the business. They are in short supply compared with the ‘geek in the corner’, who is a difficult commodity to place now.”
This means that recruitment companies are assessing people seeking development jobs for their communication skills as much as their technical skills.
Suppliers are also taking on more project managers and business analysts, said Churen. “The marketplace has been boosted so much that all these new projects need extra management.”
Although demand for IT skills is strongest in investment banking and the public sector, all industries are increasing their spending on technologies such as customer relationship management and RFID, recruitment firms said.