Gov figures show IT jobs crisis
Some skills still needed
IT and telecoms jobs are starting to feel the pinch of the recession.
Although the total number of people working in IT and telecoms is the highest for seven years and demand is up compared to last quarter, there has been a big fall in advertised positions.
Permanent job adverts are down 24 per cent and ads for contractor jobs are down 27 per cent. But there were still 98,000 advertised permanent posts and 23,000 contractor jobs advertised in the period.
The quarterly research from e-skills also found business confidence dropped in the last quarter of 2008 and company liquidations increased. Nevertheless, the sector's unemployment rate fell from last quarter.
The ten skills most often requested by employers are SQL, C, C#, .NET, SQL SVR, Java, Oracle, ASP, C++ and Unix. Four areas seem to be resisting the credit crisis and showed some growth in the third and fourth quarters of last year: WAP, COM, Active X and Sage.
The jobs which employers find hardest to fill are systems development, IT/Telecoms management, programming and systems design.
Researchers also reckon that there was increased spending on software and hardware meaning higher tech investment since the first quarter of 2008.
The survey found that although advertised salaries have fallen for the last five quarters, actual pay awards for those in work have risen for the last two quarters. More here. ®
I bet the non-UK nationals can at least spell properly. Cheers for that Alf Garnett.
Not another rant about jobs being stollen by the mafia
I'm one of the 90% non UK born IT workers and I haven't undercut by price anyone so far. I started with one of the highest salaries in my company and I managed to constantly get higher than average raises.
Don't worry the moment I will find out that one of my colleagues with the same skill set level earns a lot more than me I will immediately apply for another job.
Please to be repeating
All of your job is belonging to us! Your manager is being too stupid to care!
I know SFA and I'm on above average earnings. Sod programming and all that bollocks.
Don't even get me started!
I still get young gents and ladies asking if they can really get 30k after 6 months. i bring them down to earth and say "No, it's bullshit". Yes, it's good to teach new IT recruits, but for the sake of fuck, stop fishing them a line about getting rid of all your debt, worries, bad car, old wife, old house all for just 6 months "Yes, 6 months!". This was like another such company that decided to target Finance workers. Remember those days? Being joined by a bean-counter just because the world was going to end 1999-style? As soon as the millenium went, they all left and went back to being bean counters (I know I know, there are a few that did stay, but full credit to them as they were better at IT than counting..)
Grrr!! Bloody, BLOODY CompuTeach!