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Only the Agile will thrive

Only the Agile will thrive

Latest data from leading IT recruitment specialist, CWJobs.co.uk, shows that the current trajectory of Agile will soon make it one of the most requested skills by recruiters. With Agile continuing to be recognised by businesses as the most efficient and effective development methodology, it is set to overtake HTML as a CV prerequisite by the end of the year.

 

IT Permanent Software skills advertised

Quarter 3/2008 to Quarter 3/2012

Software

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

3/2012

3/2011

3/2010

3/2009

3/2008

SQL

20,960

20,046

18,279

17,284

25,402

C

14,201

15,131

15,043

12,871

18,961

C#

13,780

12,783

11,361

8,817

15,098

.NET

12,388

11,648

10,322

8,037

14,537

JAVA

9,856

8,758

7,237

6,140

12,289

SQL SERVER

9,079

8,523

8,414

7,817

13,344

ASP

8,334

7,891

7,777

6,754

11,143

JAVASCRIPT

6,948

6,582

5,365

5,343

6,807

HTML

6,570

6,228

5,268

5,944

7,815

AGILE

6,441

5,767

3,283

N/A

N/A

Although the new development methodology is making its mark in the industry, no other skill has yet made an impact. The top five most requested skills, SQL, C, C#, .NET and Java have held strong at the top of the table for the past five years, despite the emergence of dozens of new languages and techniques.

CWJobs, Website Director, Richard Nott, says, “In such a fast moving industry it’s surprising to see such sustainability from skill sets. These skills however, are no longer showing the rapid growth demonstrated by Agile, so I’d expect to see some movement over the next few years.”

While growth rate by skill has some variation, job postings overall have grown by a third in the last three years following the slump of the recession. Despite the Government’s recent pledge to make the recovery nation-wide, vacancies in the North of England continue to decline while London and the South East lead the growth.

IT Contract Job Advertising by Region

Quarter 3/2008 to Quarter 3/2012

Software

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

3/2012

3/2011

3/2010

3/2009

3/2008

Inner London

1831

1,541

1,275

989

2,015

Outer London

8324

7,128

5,913

4,442

9,031

Southern England

6142

5,313

4,558

3,635

6,319

West & Wales

1853

1,580

1,372

1,238

2,749

East Midlands

1054

894

695

605

1,521

West Midlands

727

687

571

617

1,834

North West

642

648

753

763

1,506

North East

518

502

504

559

1,663

Scotland

506

471

456

518

1,019

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