There has been only a small growth in demand for IT staff in the last month, according to an in-depth report among recruiters.

The Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG involves a survey of 400 UK recruitment consultants. It uses a figure to represent demand in each job sector, and a number above 50 indicates an increase in demand on the previous month.

For permanent IT jobs, which ranked as the third area of growth behind executive and construction jobs, the figure was 56.1 - indicating a slow growth. The type of IT staff most in demand were business analysts and project managers.

Among contract workers, IT was the second sector in demand, behind construction. But while it experienced demand growth, the rate was particularly slow at 53 - indicating an almost stagnant level of demand.

Recruiters said that among IT contractors, SQL developers and business analysts were in shortest supply.