UK's top 20 most wanted IT skills for contractors

IT skills most in demand in the UK by quarter.

Demand for most IT skills has fallen dramatically in the past year. The table below shows the software skills with the highest number of advertised vacancies for contractors.

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The figures show that even the UK’s most popular skill – SQL – has seen a drop of 54% in vacancies between the last three months of 2007 and the same period in 2008.

But the big drops seen here should not overly worry contractors, according to Michael Bennett, director of Rethink Recruitment. “We’re getting a lot of demand for contractors,” he said. “Employers are just not advertising for them anymore, because they know they can get people through word of mouth or recruitment companies.”

This table lists the IT skills in most demand for contractors in Q4 2008 in the UK by number of vacancies advertised.

This tables also gives the Q4 2007 advertised vacancies for comparison.

Skill
Q4 2008
Q4 2007
SQL
3,532
7,828
C
2,222
5,413
Oracle
1,763
3,942
SQL server
1,626
3,747
C#
1,546
3,700
Java
1,445
3,968
.NET
1,358
3,238
SAP
1,271
3,047
Microsoft office
1,248
2,531
ASP
1,184
2,748
Unix
989
2,694
Access
932
1,606
HTML
861
2,033
WIN XP
832
2,136
C++
772
1,773
Microsoft exchange
767
1,522
Javascript
757
1,569
XML
754
2,050
Visual basic
703
1,760
Linux
669
1,321

 

Source: SSL Survey/ComputerWeekly IT Quarterly Survey Jan 2009

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