The number of IT job vacancies has continued to rise for the fourth year in a row and is now only 15 percent below where it was since the recession started in 2008, according to data from CWJobs.co.uk.
The market has been looking up since 2010, when the number of IT job vacancies had fallen to 41 percent below 2008 figures. The data shows that since May 2012, permanent vacancies for IT professionals has increased by 1.8 percent.
The CWJobs data also shows that knowledge of SQL has remained the most in-demand skill over the last five years. Since last year the demand for C# has overtaken C as the second most desired skill for employees, as they look beyond the older programming language.
The demand for IT professionals is highest among software houses and consultancies, followed by the finance sector. Other sectors are also showing signs of steady growth, such as communications, retail and the media. The only area showing fewer signs of prosperity is the public sector, as permanent roles have decreased by 0.4 percent.
CWJobs is a specialist IT recruitment website that attracts 509,000 active jobseekers each month. The CWJobs data is taken from information held by IT and multi-sector recruitment websites in the UK.
Richard Nott, CWJobs website director, said: "As Britain's economic position stabilises, growth is being seen across most sectors of the IT industry, signalling that it is finally recovering from the recession. The technology industry looks to be at the forefront of Britain's growth, and if it maintains the same trajectory, could be boosting Britain's economic position even further."
While it is clearly positive news that the IT industry is growing, an increasing amount of research is reporting a lack of skilled IT professionals to fill the job vacancies available. V3 is currently running a Make IT Better campaign to improve computing learning in schools and fix the skills crisis facing the IT industry.
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