According to the Report on Jobs published by KPMG and the REC, IT and Computing professionals saw demand for their services increase further in April.
It also found that growth of demand for permanent IT workers softened slightly from March’s recent peak, placing the sector sixth out of nine in the demand for staff ‘league table’.
Heath Jackson, partner in the CIO Advisory practice at KPMG, said: “With starting salaries rising at their fastest rate for almost seven years and temporary placements in the IT sector stronger than that seen in the previous month, people would be forgiven for thinking that the time is right to change jobs. After all, for many months the focus has been around how long employees would wait before deciding it’s time to try something new. Yet the truth is far different. The number of people putting themselves on the jobs market has dropped at its sharpest rate since 2004. It is this shortage of skilled labour that is forcing employers to tempt talent with improved pay, rather than new-found confidence.
“With employers focusing their attention on trying to win over talented people with proven skills and track records, there remains one unanswered question. We have growing numbers of new entrants to the marketplace looking for work and employers will ignore them at their peril. Not acknowledging what they have to offer continues the very real risk of losing a generation of talent – it makes no business sense, because without a blend of youth and experience the workplace will no longer reflect the marketplace.
“Of course, with the economy growing and the pound strengthening, we could potentially see this trend reversing in the near future. As consumers begin to spend more in their personal lives, confidence is likely to return in a professional capacity. When that happens, candidates are more likely to be looking for a new challenge, meaning that employers will have to focus equally on both retention and recruitment.”
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