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IT recruitment continues its rapid recovery

IT recruitment across the UK grew by +7.4% in 2013, compared with the previous year, according to a new study from market intelligence provider Key Note, providing encouraging evidence that the slowdown in IT recruitment that stretched over 2008-2009 is well and truly over.

The IT recruitment sector has been in rapid recovery mode since then, with enduring economic recovery encouraging rising corporate investment in IT services and products. Increasing numbers of UK firms have also been giving the green light to IT project development and implementation plans that were mothballed in the dark days of the recession.

The study implicitly suggests that umbrella company workers and other freelancers specialising in IT contracting will continue to be very much in demand, with the report noting strong concern across the UK about a significant IT skills shortage.

Many of the companies participating in the study reported considerable difficulty sourcing suitably skilled candidates, which is a problem that may pose an obstacle to further growth amongst specialist IT recruiters.

The report concluded that the rapid growth seen in recent years shows little sign of stopping and is likely to continue for the next five years.

Demand for skills in high-growth IT areas such as big data, security and enterprise software remains massive, with annual recruitment growth expected to remain vigorous until at least 2017.


Hewett Recruitment's IT & Technical Consultant Tom comments, "We’ve seen considerable growth in this area of our business and have even recruited additional members of our IT recruitment team. We are finding more and more that it is now a candidate focused market and companies are having to set themselves apart to attract the best talent."

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