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IT jobs market unfazed by UK unemployment

Jobless figures continue to rise, but IT jobs are still growing

IT is doing "a little" better than other sectors in terms of the number of jobs available, according to IT jobs board CWJobs.co.uk.

This was good news for the IT industry as the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed today that the number of unemployed people in the UK had risen 48,000 to 2.67 million in the quarter - the highest rate since 1995.

"We've seen small increases in the overall number of IT jobs in the UK for the last nine quarters," said Richard Nott, website director at CWJobs.

He stressed that the increases, while there, have only been small. Although, an (ISC)2 survey yesterday showed that the employment rate - at 96 percent - was going strong for information security professionals.

"The market overall is medium robust. It could always do a lot more, and we're nowhere near 2006 or 2007 levels. We've got a long way to go to get back up to those levels," he said.

Nott said that the demand was very strong for certain skill sets, particularly in Internet development, such as Javascript and HTML. People with experience of work in the Agile framework and technologies were also in high demand.

"A lot [of the growth] has been led by the financial services.

"This is counterbalanced by the decrease in the demand in the public sector, which has decreased significantly in the last 18 months. But we've seen people moving from the public to private sector," he said.

In addition, the retail and media sectors are driving demand for IT skills, as they strive to put their businesses online, and to improve their online platforms.

Specialist IT recruitment agency Maximus was even more confident about the state of the IT jobs sector.

"For me, those figures are definitely not reflected in the IT sector. At the moment, Maximus is experiencing one of the busiest periods in the last three to four years. We have a very strong pipeline, in Europe and in the UK. We are having to expand our team of recruiters to deal with [the workload]," said Satnam Brar, managing director at Maximus.

However, a recent survey of IT professionals has found that more than a fifth (22 percent) of respondents - 504 in total were questioned - were concerned about job security.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll for cloud computing and communications services provider Star, also found that only half of the respondents said they were currently employed full-time by the company for which they were working.

Star believed that this job uncertainty implied that many IT professionals are actively looking for a job, making it difficult for companies to retain important skills.


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