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•        January 2012 update from The IT Job Board indicates that permanent roles account for nearly three quarters of IT jobs being advertised

•        SQL continues to dominate as the most widely advertised permanent skill

•        CSS takes over from finance as the most widely advertised contract skill

Permanent roles prevail in the IT recruitment sector, currently accounting for 74 percent of jobs advertised on The IT Job Board website.

Findings from the IT salary monitor in January highlight that the largest number of permanent jobs is for SQL – with 43,879 roles advertised, commanding average salaries of &pound50,000. Interestingly, CSS takes over as the most widely advertised contract skill – with 23,758 jobs advertised (on average day rates of &pound375).

The highest paid permanent positions in IT are usually reserved for CIOs - however it is worth noting that within The IT Job Board’s most popular categories, the highest paid job is for an architect based in East Anglia at a salary of &pound80,000. On the contract side, it is for a C IT professional, earning &pound550 per day.

Alexandra Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, commented: “Clearly, it is positive to see that permanent IT work dominates, and that companies are investing in IT staffers. But, as we have previously highlighted, we would expect to see contract roles continuing to rise.

“We predicted for 2012 that SQL would remain the core skill for the sector for some time. It will be interesting to see how this trend develops over the next 12 months, which we will do through the Monitor.”

The IT Job Board launched the IT Salary Monitor ( in November 2011. The first of its kind for the sector, the tool provides a single source of up-to-date regional IT salary data – including salary levels and skills in demand for both contract and permanent jobs.


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