<font size="3">UK IT jobs market picks up </font>
The IT recruitment market showed spotty signs of growth between October and December last year, with the number of advertised permanent and contract techie jobs showing modest increases.
The latest statistics from CWJobs' Quarterly IT Skills Index found that permanent IT vacancies rose by an average of 4 per cent between October and December 2003, while IT contract jobs increased by just one per cent.
The improvement bucks the seasonal trend which usually sees December being one of the slowest IT recruitment months of the year, according to the Internet job site.
The study predicts that the increases, although small, will mark a turning point for beleaguered IT pros, as they indicate that firms are again confident enough to recruit staff for what they expect will be a busier new year.
The numbers of advertised contract vacancies have consistently increased over the last 12 months; however the rate at which they are growing was found to have slowed down to just 1 per cent in the final quarter of 2003, with a total of 14847 jobs advertised.
Outer London, the research found, was the only region to see growth in both contract (16 per cent) and permanent jobs (14 per cent).
The only other area where there was a growth in the number of advertised contract positions was West & Wales and here the increase was only one per cent.
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