The shortage of IT staff seems to be easing, with employers noticing an improvement in labour supply, research from the E-Skills UK learning and skills council has revealed.

In its latest quarterly bulletin, E-Skills reports that just 6 percent of firms recruiting IT staff had reported skill shortages - the lowest percentage recorded by E-Skills for more than two years, despite increases in demand for skilled IT professionals.

But businesses are still reporting concerns about the interpersonal, business-oriented and other non-technical skills held by candidates for IT professional vacancies.

About a third of IT recruiters surveyed by E-Skills UK said the level of business and interpersonal skills on offer from candidates was "below that required by their business”.

Shortages were still occurring in some occupational categories during the third quarter of 2006, with systems development and programmers, senior systems developers and senior programmers in particularly short supply.

Skills that were especially in demand during the third quarter of 2006 included Flash and Winrunner along with Bluetooth, C, C# and Embedded skills.