IT job placements show 'fastest rise since 1990s'

Permanent appointments made by UK recruitment consultancies increased in March 2010, with growth picking up to the strongest level since 1997 in the IT and engineering sectors.

‘The Report on Jobs’, published by the Recruitment and Employment Confrederation - REC - and management consultancy KPMG, has signalled stronger increases in both permanent and temporary/contract staff appointments during last month.  Growth of short-term staff appointments quickened to the strongest for 34 months in March, the survey says.

The report found also that permanent staff salaries rose again during March. The rate of inflation was ‘solid’, despite easing slightly from February’s 20-month high. Temp pay increased at a pace that, although modest, was the sharpest since June 2008.

“The overall outlook is tempered by public expenditure cuts, which are already impacting on recruitment in this sector,” comments REC chief executive Kevin Green. “Deep-rooted reforms, and innovative approaches to public sector resourcing, will be needed in order to maintain frontline services.”

While high-end sectors such as IT and engineering still show growth, demand is increasing for back-office support roles, Green adds.

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