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IT remains in first place in demand for permanent staff ‘league table’

The latest Report on Jobs, published today by KPMG and the REC, signalled that permanent and temporary IT workers were in high demand during December, with growth rates accelerating in both cases.

Climbing to an eight-month high of 65.8 in December (November: 64.3), the seasonally adjusted index measuring demand for permanent IT professionals highlighted a sharp pace of expansion that was the strongest among the nine monitored sectors. The respective index measuring demand for all types of workers recorded 62.3.

Growth of temp IT vacancies also accelerated to the quickest since April. The respective index rose to 61.0 in December, from 60.5 in the prior month. Demand for temp IT staff improved at a stronger pace than that for all types of workers (59.4). By sub-sector, IT placed fifth out of nine in the demand for temp staff ‘league table’.

Heath Jackson, partner in the CIO Advisory practice at KPMG said: “In the wake of several high profile breaches, companies are investing heavily in their cyber security teams and demand for IT specialists surged in December. This hiring boom has caused a skills shortage in the sector, with recruiters struggling to find enough candidates qualified in IT security to satisfy demand.  Faced with such stiff levels of competition businesses need to rethink their recruitment strategy.  As well as hiring talent to build up their in house defence capability, they need to upskill the staff they have, or risk losing them to a competitor more willing to make an investment in their careers.”