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March 6, 2015

Demand for IT staff continues to rise

Both permanent and temporary workers saw increases in demand this February.

By Ellie Burns

The demand for IT employees continued to rise in February, according to the latest Report on Jobs, published today by KPMG and the REC.

Both permanent and temporary workers saw marked increases in demand, with the sharper growth seen for the former.

A three-month high of 64.3 in February was seen in the seasonally adjusted index measuring demand for permanent staff in the IT sector. This was a rise from the recorded 63.7 in January.

Although the 64.3 recorded in February signalled a strong rate of expansion, it was lagging behind the UK average of65.4. IT & Computing was in seventh place out of nine in the demand for staff ‘league table’.

Growth of demand for temporary IT staff eased to a 19-month low in February, but remained marked overall. This was signalled by the respective index posting 61.6, down from 62.2 in January. That put IT in sixth place out of nine in the demand for staff rankings. The comparable figure for the UK as a whole was 65.5.

Heath Jackson, partner in the CIO Advisory practice at KPMG, said: "Recovery in the job market is gaining real traction, and this should help shore up consumer confidence in the run up to the election.

"The availability of skilled candidates remains a significant concern and businesses are already fiercely competing to secure top talent. This dynamic is driving significant salary growth in pockets of the market, particularly in the IT space where the demand/supply mismatch is particularly prevalent."

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