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Supply of IT skills outstrips demand

Supply of IT skills outstrips demand according to latest REC Technology Demand and Supply report
The number of ICT ready candidates is now outstripping the demand for these skills according to the latest Technology Demand and Supply report, published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
This is good news for clients, who according to the latest predictors, are expected to increase their recruitment significantly as the economy continues to pick up. As a result, finding ICT workers will be easier and allow faster placements by recruitment agencies.
The report, produced for REC Technology by e-skills UK, highlights a growing demand for SQL, C#, .NET and Linux skills. All four skill sets have now been in increasing demand for the past two quarters.
These results showing continued growth in the ICT industry are comparable to the RECs monthly Report of Jobs which has also highlighted a similar trend since the start of the year.
Commenting on the results, Jeff Brooks, Chair of REC Technology said: It is encouraging to see this growth in demand.  Our members are showing increasing confidence in the sector and many of them are looking to hire more recruiters as a result.
It is very encouraging to see that companies will still invest in technology to develop their businesses even when there is a tough economic landscape. I look forward to the upturn developing at an even stronger rate in the months ahead
The latest Demand and Supply report places the number of ICT professionals at the end of 2009 at 1,041,000, a four per cent drop on the year when compared to the end of 2008.


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