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IT unemployment reaches highest level in five years

Discussion in 'News' started by wagnerk, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. wagnerk
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    IT unemployment reaches highest level in five years

    Demand for IT professionals falls and short-term recruitment prospects are bleak, says e-Skills report

    Unemployment rates in IT reached a five-year high this year and demand for technology professionals has plummeted, according to the latest report by industry skills body e-Skills UK.

    The proportion of IT staff out of work during the first three months of 2009 reached 4.8 per cent, the highest since the first quarter of 2004.

    Demand for IT professionals has also continued to fall, according to the report, with the number of job ads for permanent staffers falling by 27 per cent, while advertised vacancies for contractors dropped by 32 per cent over the period.

    IT strategy and planning professionals suffered the biggest impact, with a seven per cent quarterly decline in employment rates, but web authors and editors were the only occupational group that saw increased demand.

    According to the e-Skills report, salaries rose despite the doom and gloom in the recruitment industry – weekly pay for full-time staff increased to £730, an increase of four per cent over the same period last year and up three per cent on the UK average.

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    1. HN1
      I was planning on studying networks (Wireless) beginning with my MCSA. Now i'm thinking Web dev, editor, author...
      I going back n forth like a yo yo.

      BTW- it was only last week i was going to study Citrix, the week before i thought exchange, people will allways need communication solutions.

      I guess, the MCSA is still the right starting point...i'm off for a pint to ponder the right decision.

    2. UKDarkstar
      I have to say the number of emails I'm receiving from my searches at jobsites have increased over the last 2-3 weeks not decreased, so if anything, I'm seeing more jobs available.

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