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110 000 new IT professionals needed this year

Half a million required to keep up with projected UK demand over the next five years, says e-Skills survey.

Demand for IT and telecommunications specialists looks set to soar, according to a report from UK trade body e-Skills published yesterday [18/01/11], which is predicting that employment in the sector is set to grow at five times the national average over the next ten years.

The research suggests that 110,000 new entrants to the industry will be required to meet expanding demand in 2011, with 500,000 required to fill anticipated gaps between now and 2016. Despite e-Skills positive outlook, elsewhere sees a mixed message for the IT jobs market.

Last December’s KPMG/Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) report also suggests that demand for permanent IT staff continues to grow, with engineering and construction companies amongst those most likely to hire. But anticipated job losses in the public sector could change that picture later this year, and increased use of offshoring to cut costs in the private sector following consolidation will also have an effect.

And there also seem to be considerable variations in prospects for individual IT staff depending on age. A report from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) estimated that the IT graduate unemployment rate was up to 16.3 per cent in 2009, for example, with e-Skills finding that the proportion of IT professionals under 30 has declined from 33 per cent in 2001 to 19 per cent today.

There are already 1.5m people employed in the IT workforce today, estimates e-Skills, with 40 per cent working for IT and telecommunications companies, and the rest in IT departments across other industry sectors.

Further information:

New e-skills UK research shows technology workforce needs 110,000 new recruits this year

Is recent spate of job cuts a harbinger of tougher times ahead? -  computing.co.uk

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