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IT recruiters optimistic in face of downturn

IT recruiters optimistic in face of downturnNew figures from a poll by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), have shown IT recruiters are still optimistic about the future despite the effect of the economic downturn on the UK labour market. The findings were revealed at the recent IT & Communications Sector Group meeting, which was attended by leading recruitment figures from the sector.
The results of the poll showed that IT recruiters rated their confidence in current market conditions as 6 out of 10 this was slightly down on the 7 out of 10 recorded at the groups last meeting in June but showed stability in the sectors economic outlook. The results were supported by research from the RECs Demand and Supply in the IT Sector report, which showed an increase in the number of workers within the ICT sector over the Q2-Q3 period, despite advertised job vacancies falling for the third consecutive quarter.
Jeff Brooks, chair of the IT & Comms group, said: Business confidence in the sector is generally stable. In most, if not all organisations, IT provides the sinews to make an organisation operational, stable and productive. Much like the continual need for workers in the healthcare sector, despite the economic outlook, demand for IT contractors is still high. Specialist IT job roles are still vital to the economy.
The IT & Communications sector group meeting discussed the RECs work to ensure that the EU Agency Workers Directive has limited impact on the sector and included guest presentations from Jack Fairhall, CEO of Kwiqq and John Kell, Policy and External Relations Manager at the Professional Contractors Group. Jack Fairhall offered practical advice on the benefit of using innovative Web 2.0 technology in recruiting whilst John Kell encouraged members to keep up good communication with contractors on such issues as IR35.


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