IT jobs market remains grim warn recruiters

The tough economic conditions are continuing to have an adverse effect on the IT jobs market, according to a major analysis of recruitment firms.

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The tough economic conditions are continuing to have an adverse effect on the IT jobs market, according to a major analysis of recruitment firms.

The number of IT jobs available in the UK continued to fall in August, said the Recruitment Industry Survey, produced by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG.

The report uses a figure to represent demand, where anything below 50 indicates a drop on the previous month.

In the permanent sector, the figure for IT jobs was 44.8, indicating that the number of posts available in that sector is continuing to slide. It represented a slight acceleration in the decline in jobs on last month, when the figure was 46.0.

The fall had been at its worst in March, when the figure for permanent staff was 31.9, one of the most severe declines in the history of the report.

Temporary staff positions also continued to suffer last month, with a figure of 46.6 that indicated a further fall in the amount of work available. This represented only a very marginal lessening in the decline of temporary jobs, where the figure last month was 45.8.

In more positive news for temporary workers, the report stated there was a demand for CNC programmers, who recruiters have stated are in short supply.

All sectors except medicine and nursing experienced falls in demand.

The figures come a month research from IT analyst house Forrester showed that companies trying to cut IT budgets are laying off staff and reducing compensation and benefits for remaining employees. Some 61 percent of enterprise IT firms said they expect to reduce staff headcount in 2009 compared with 2008, with a quarter of those planning to reduce staff by 5 percent or more.

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: “The employment landscape remains volatile at best but life is slowly returning to the temporary work market.”

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