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BI and human resources fuelling IT jobs demand - report

Detailed analysis by recruitment firm shows where the opportunities are

Business intelligence, human resources, desktop support and migrations to the latest Microsoft products are where the jobs are in the IT market, according to a report.

Recruitment firm Badenoch & Clark, in its monthly report on the IT jobs market, said: "Technology migrations and software implementations are propping up the IT recruitment market at the moment as organisations look to the future."

Matt Gascoigne, operations director for IT at Badenoch & Clark, said HR and business intelligence are two key growth areas. "We're seeing an uplift in demand for a number of roles from functional analysts through to technical consultants to help with large scale implementations within HR functions of global organisations," he said.

"Hiring managers are being increasingly specific, not only requiring cultural fit but also knowledge of local employment and payroll legislation."

On BI (business intelligence), Gascoigne said, having had a tough 18 months, many companies are implementing reporting tools to highlight profitability of different parts of their business so that senior management can make an informed decision on future investment.

"There are increasing levels of demand for those with experience of BI/MI technologies such as SAP and Oracle from junior level analysts right up to department heads and BI directors as a result."

In addition, according to the report, desktop support candidates are back in demand in financial services. "Having shrunk their desktop functions as headcount reduced during the recession, financial services organisations are now increasing their headcount as activity picks up in the sector. As a result we're seeing strong levels of demand for desktop support candidates," said the recruitment firm.

Badenoch & Clark said there is also an increase in demand for technology migration specialists within IT consultancies. This is because there is increased demand, especially in larger organisations with over 2,000 users, for new functionality in the latest Microsoft releases, like Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Month on month, the report says SQL Server and .Net/C# salaries were marginally up, and contract IT directors' salaries rose 3.8 percent to £96 per hour.

For its monthly report Badenoch & Clark uses data from job boards, company websites, social networking sites, MySalaryChecker.com and other sources.

According to the recent Recruitment & Employment Confederation/KPMG Report on Jobs, the number of permanent placements in IT rose at a faster pace in April than the month before, and growth was higher than any other industry.

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