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Research shows soaring demand for IT staff


The latest Technology Insights research report from e-skills UK, launched today, reveals that IT employment through to 2020 is forecast to grow at almost twice the UK average. 

A record 129,000 new recruits a year are needed to fill IT and telecoms jobs in the UK, both brand new jobs and to replace those leaving the sector, according to the latest Technology Insights research report from e-skills UK, the sector skills council for business and IT.

The highest levels of employment growth are in high skill areas including software professionals, ICT managers, and IT strategy and planning professionals.
The number of advertised vacancies has also recovered dramatically from a low point of 82,000 per quarter in 2009 to more than 116,000 per quarter in 2011. Development, design and support roles are those most advertised, and the most common technical skills requirements are SQL, C, C#, .NET and Java.
Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, said: "With IT employment set to grow at such a pace, it is vital that we continue to invest in the skills of those working in technology, and create new routes for young people to enter exciting and challenging careers in the industry.”

The full report is available here.

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