IT sector growth creates demand for skills

There has been a growth of demand for IT and computing staff during June.

Both permanent and temporary workers saw marked rates of expansion in available job vacancies, according to latest Report on Jobs, published by KPMG and the REC.

Although down from May, the latest reading was still indicative of a strong rate of growth that was slightly above the UK average.

The IT category posted in fourth place out of nine in the demand for staff ‘league table’.

Temporary IT staff saw growth of demand for their services accelerate in June.   

“With both permanent and temporary workers seeing an expansion in available job vacancies, it seems that employers are ready to ‘splash the cash’ in what appears to be an attempt to lure skilled staff from competitors,” said Heath Jackson, partner in the CIO Advisory practice at KPMG.

“Yet despite offering starting salaries at a rate that has not been seen during the survey’s 17 year lifetime, it is clear that candidates are not easily swayed,” said Jackson.

“Employers need to bear in mind that cash is just one element of a rewards package and today’s savvy employees are looking at a broader range of benefits when they choose their employer. Businesses will have to come up with increasingly inventive rewards packages to attract and retain the best talent,” added Jackson.

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