Demand for IT staff eases

Fears of an increasing lack of qualified IT professionals in the UK been allayed after research showed vacancies are down, and fewer  companies are reporting skills gaps.

The latest e-skills Bulletin from sector skills council e-skills shows the number of UK-based ICT staff increased from 961,000 to 981,000 in the first half of the year.

The research also shows:

  • There were 7,000 fewer ICT vacancies advertised on the internet/in the press
  • There were about one quarter fewer ICT vacancies registered with Jobcentre Plus
  • The percentage of establishments reporting gaps in the skills of their ICT professionals or the IT skills of their ‘user’ staff both fell – to 9% and 13% respectively
  • Just 0.3% of firms reported having difficulties recruiting ICT staff during the first quarter of 2005

E-skills is the employer-led body which aims to improve competitiveness and productivity through action on skills.

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