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The UK IT job market saw a rise in the number of vacancies throughout 2012 as demand for key skill in technologies like Java, ASP and C# grows in several industries.
Data seen exclusively by V3 from recruitment site CWJobs shows that software-related skills are by far and away the most sought after roles, making up 64 percent of all jobs advertised throughout the year.
In particular, Java vacancies rose by 12 percent over the year, with some 2,289 roles advertised in the fourth quarter of 2012, while demand for agile developers was up 11.9 percent and C# up 12.9 percent. ASP was the biggest riser, though, with a climb of 16.8 percent to 1,145 jobs.
Richard Nott, website director for CWJobs.co.uk told V3 the rise in demand for these roles underlined their core use in the IT industry and painted a positive picture for the year ahead.
"They've been embedded as core skills for a number of years now so it's indicative of the fact companies are moving forward with new projects and looking for new hires with these skills," he said.
"Any increase in job numbers is a good thing and hopefully means UK market place is strengthening as a whole and individuals will benefit."
However, demand for the C programme language skills decreased over the year, by 9.6 percent, which Nott said was likely due to most roles looking for those with C# talents instead.
Sectors that helped contribute to this rise included manufacturing, which saw a 10 percent increase in IT jobs advertised through 2012, and software houses rising 6.3 percent to 47,676.
Perhaps most notably the finance sector saw a rise in IT jobs for the first time in several years, with a rise of 4.6 percent over 2012. However, public sector IT jobs dropped by 3.4 percent.
The increase in job demands is great news for the UK IT industry. However, it also serves to underline the concerns many have with the lack of skilled IT graduates coming through the UK education systems to fill these gaps.
V3 has been so concerned with this issue it's running a Make IT Better campaign urging the government to give more transparency into its IT education reforms to ensure a new curriculum is designed that gives the UK the future workers it needs.
Nott said he agreed with these concerns, citing the importance of government, business and education working together to entice the next generation of school children into the ICT sector.
"There's still this reputation that working in IT is bland and just involves sitting in a corner all day but this just isn't true. You get to work on very exciting projects and within dynamic teams and that needs to come across more," he said.
"UK has often been at the forefront of technology developments but unless we can develop and retain skills in this country we will lose that overseas and that will be bad for the UK so we need to work together to ensure that doesn't happen."
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.