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IT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOBS ON THE DECLINE

IT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOBS ON THE DECLINE
 
- The IT Job Boards latest Skills in Demand report indicates that IT support roles are now in most demand -
 
Number of IT Manager jobs continues to decrease, for fifth consecutive month
IT support roles are now the highest number represented on the site
Sector sees an increase in demand for roles including: SQL, web developer, Java and .net
 
For the first time this year, IT support roles have taken over from IT manager jobs as the highest number represented on The IT Job Board (www.theitjobboard.co.uk). Thats the finding from the companys latest Skills in Demand report (September 2010).
 
As per previous reports, IT support and IT manager roles continue to represent the highest proportion of jobs on The IT Job Board site. But, since January 2010, the number of IT manager Jobs advertised have almost halved, and today they account for 32 percent of the available roles.
 
Demand for project managers has also decreased month-on-month, between May to September of this year.
 
Commenting on these findings, Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, said: As the UKs biggest IT specialist recruitment website, we believe our Skills in Demand report provides a real industry barometer. Its interesting to see that IT support roles have taken over from IT manager jobs as the most widely advertised on the site, and perhaps a reflection that companies are cutting back on bigger IT projects, which require specific project management skills.
 
On a more positive note, the number of roles in SQL, web development, software engineering, PHP, Java, ERP and .net have each witnessed increases for the last three months with only Java jobs seeing a small dip in August.
 
Alex Farrell added: 2010 has certainly been a year of peaks and troughs in the IT recruitment sector, and demand for jobs across various skill-sets have changed from month to month.
 
At the end of 2009, we predicted that skills such as .net, web development, SAP and Java would be in real demand for the year ahead. And the findings from this third quarter report certainly seem to indicate such a trend. As companies get to grips with social and business networking, Web 2.0 skills are proving to be critical.
 
Both contract and permanent positions have steadily decreased over the last few months with contract jobs now representing one quarter of all those advertised.

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