Quantity rather than quality as IT jobs market ‘goes berserk’

The number of IT vacancies in the UK is at its highest for five years, a study has revealed.

A survey by Personnel Today’s sister publication Computer Weekly found that the number of techie jobs advertised has risen by 26% since the start of 2007.

The most in-demand are systems developers, with 33,834 such jobs available at the moment and firms forced to outsource or hire temporary staff to overcome massive skills shortages.

Jon Butterfield, managing director at Rethink Recruitment, said: “The market for [system developer] skills is going absolutely berserk. You just cannot find people. Companies are having to import [staff] from Poland.”

Gideon Kay, IT and business services manager at Haden Building Management, said his firm had faced recruitment nightmares.

“There is no shortage of systems developers who can attend interview, but most do not meet our criteria of technical, interpersonal, communication and creativity skills,” he said.

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