Internet developers are in short supply for both permanent and contractor roles. That's the verdict of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs for October.
There's a strong demand for digital marketing employees in permanent positions, while business analysts are sought after for contract roles.
Temporary and contract IT staff availability increased at its fastest rate in seven months, while the average starting salary awarded to successful candidates placed in permanent jobs rose again in October.
Temporary and contract staff pay increased marginally following a fall in September.
The general demand for permanent IT jobs, as compared with other sectors, remains steady. But the demand for temporary roles is right at the bottom of the results, hovering just above nursing and medical care workers.
This surprising result is a complete reversal a year ago. At that time, temporary IT staff were in high demand.
According to Kevin Green, the REC's Chief Executive, "The Report on Jobs for October shows that the UK jobs market is still growing. However, the rate of growth was the weakest for 14 months and vacancies remained on a downward trend, rising at the slowest pace for 12 months. This confirms that the private sector’s ability to compensate for planned job losses in the public sector hangs very much in the balance.
"These figures show that employer confidence remains fragile and that the double dip in employment we forecast last month remains a possibility. The role of job creation now rests solely with the private sector and the Government must do all it can to facilitate this process.
"We remain confident that the private sector will ultimately be able to offset public sector job losses. However, Government needs to do more to reduce taxation on business, remove unnecessary employment legislation and most importantly, incentivise private sector businesses to take on the one million young people not currently in work, education or training."
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