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Jobs report: Permanent IT staff in high demand

The monthly REC and KPMG report found employers need C#, Java and Linux skills

The latest job report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG found that in 2013 there has been strong demand for IT and Computing staff.

In a ranking of demand for permanent employees by sector, IT narrowly missed out on the top spot to Engineering and Construction, but beat Medical, Executive, Accounting and Blue Collar jobs.

REC and KPMG's index for job demand placed IT at 60.7 - where a score of 50 would mean no change in demand on the previous month. In January last year the IT sector saw a lower score of 54.9, indicating that demand for IT staff is continuing to grow.

"The war for talent has begun. January saw the sharpest rise in starting salaries in well over a year after a nine-month trend of increases. The rise is caused by continued growth in permanent vacancies paired with a reduction in candidate availability," said REC director of policy and professional services Tom Hadley.

"This is good news for workers but also highlights the need to address the current 'skills disconnect' which presents a major barrier to growth in key sectors of our economy."

He added: "Skills shortages in whole sectors like engineering and IT and for particular roles like chefs, drivers and sales are spurring competition for qualified staff. Employers are realising that to secure the talent they need they have to offer more attractive salaries."

However, this wasn't the case for temporary employees, where IT ranked joint fifth out of a possible eight sectors and held an index score of 54.8. Although, this is still an improvement on January 2012's score of 51.5.

Employers are looking for a wide variety of skills from IT candidates seeking permanent work, which include: business analysts, C#, enterprise software sales, Java, Linux, .Net, PHP developers, Sharepoint and telecommunications.

Temporary posts are largely calling for C# developers, .Net developers and Sharepoint skills.

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