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Demand for IT pros remains strong as 2012 closes says CWJobs.co.uk

Demand for IT pros remains strong as 2012 closes says CWJobs.co.uk

*Volume of permanent vacancies increase for the third time

* Growth is driven by software house and the financial sector recruitment

 Volumes of permanent IT vacancies have risen for the third quarter in 2012, resulting in an overall strong performance for the industry last year.  Contract vacancies have also remained strong, increasing 1.2% in the last quarter.

With increasing numbers of UK firms opting to outsource their IT requirements to cut costs, the rise has been driven largely by recruitment for software house roles, with vacancies making up a staggering 64% of all vacancies advertised.  In a reversal of fortunes, the finance sector has also seen notable growth in Q4, rising 0.9% after consecutive declines in the last two quarters.

IT Permanent Job Advertising by Industry

                                                                               Quarter 4/2012 to Quarter 4/2011

Business sector

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter %

Annual %

4/2012

3/2012

4/2011

change

change

Electr's/Communications

2914

2892

2,912

0.8

0.1

Software Houses/Consultancies

47676

47324

44,847

0.7

6.3

Finance

15731

15587

15,045

0.9

4.6

Retail

2583

2561

2,453

0.9

5.3

Media

3146

3103

3,014

1.4

4.4

Manufacturing

1620

1596

1,461

1.5

10.9

Public Sector

573

588

593

-2.6

-3.4

                                                                   IT Contract Job Advertising by Industry

                                                                         Quarter 4/2012 to Quarter 4/2011

Business sector

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter %

Annual %

4/2012

3/2012

4/2011

change

change

Electr's/Communications

1093

1083

968

0.9

12.9

Software Houses/Consultancies

9628

9506

8,619

1.3

11.7

Finance

7080

6994

6,463

1.2

9.5

Retail

726

711

642

2.1

13.1

Media

793

789

717

0.5

10.6

Manufacturing

469

463

386

1.3

21.5

Public Sector

358

362

314

-1.1

14.0

Richard Nott, Website Director, CWJobs.co.uk explains: “The IT industry is strengthening.  The increase in companies recruiting for permanent vacancies, given the economy’s current challenges, is really encouraging.  The sector faces challenges if it is to continue to grow, the demand is clear  but with that, comes greater competition for roles and an even greater need for quality candidates to fill these vacancies.  IT is now a fundamental part of the business operation, so firms demand more from the modern tech candidate.  IT pros need to better demonstrate their suitability for roles if they are to compete, highlighting desirable attributes such as an apptitutde for adopting new skills quickly, business acumen and an ability to manage complex relationships.”

Fourth quarter data indicates the largest need is for candidates with SQL, but the skill has seen a 1.4% decrease on the previous quarter.  Continuing a trend reported in Q3, Agile has seen a 3.2% boost in the last quarter, resulting in a steady quarter-on-quarter increase since Q1 and an overall 8% boost.  The strong presence of requests for this experience further demonstrates the evolving nature of the IT industry toward a more flexible and efficient way of working.

IT Permanent Software skills advertised

                                                                               Quarter 4/2012 to Quarter 4/2011

Software

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter %

Annual %

4/2012

3/2012

4/2011

change

change

SQL        

20,660

20,960

20,286

-1.4

1.8

C#

13,901

13,780

12,969

0.9

7.2

C

13,781

14,201

15,243

-3.0

-9.6

.NET

12,780

12,388

11,769

3.2

8.6

JAVA

10,138

9,856

8,857

2.9

14.5

SQL SERVER

8,918

9,079

8,639

-1.8

3.2

ASP

8,824

8,334

7,984

5.9

10.5

JAVASCRIPT

6,983

6,948

6,657

0.5

4.9

HTML

6,702

6,570

6,250

2.0

7.2

AGILE

6,670

6,441

5,945

3.6

12.2

                                                                       IT Contract Software skills advertised

                                                                               Quarter 4/2012 to Quarter 4/2011

Software

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter %

Annual %

4/2012

3/2012

4/2011

change

change

SQL        

3518

3,483

3367

1.0

4.5

C          

2644

2,609

2538

1.3

4.2

C#

2617

2,580

2317

1.4

12.9

JAVA

2289

2,266

2049

1.0

11.7

.NET

2003

1,969

1788

1.7

12.0

ORACLE

1924

1,907

1771

0.9

8.6

AGILE

1702

1,674

1521

1.7

11.9

SQL SERVER

1539

1,526

1404

0.9

9.6

SAP

1294

1,270

1198

1.9

8.0

ASP

1145

1,138

980

0.6

16.8

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