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  • IT staff back in demand after jobs market hits

    pcpro_logoStewart Mitchell commented in PC Pro magazine 4 November 2009 that jobs in the IT sector are growing for the first time in nearly two years, according to figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and consultant company KPMG.

    In the October edition of its monthly Report on Jobs, the confederation said the overall jobs market had reached “the tipping point into growth, driven by returning confidence in the private sector”.

    On a scale where a baseline of 50 represents no change and anything above shows more vacancies, permanent IT and computing positions hit 51.5 in October. For the same period last year, the job market was shrinking rapidly, with a score of 40.

    “The important point is that demand is up, month on month, for the first time in a long while,” David Smith, a spokesperson for the confederation’s technology group, told PC Pro. “Last year, we were going backwards in a really big way so this is positive.

    “The fact that it’s growing is confirmation of the anecdotal evidence that overall demand for staff is on the increase.”

    Temporary and contract positions also grew strongly in October, hitting a heady 53.8 on the confederation’s scale.


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