Headlines: August 11th, 2005

The demand for IT staff across the public sector continues to grow. According to online IT recruitment specialists CWJobs.co.uk. the latest IT skills index reveals that permanent IT positions increased by 11 per cent in the second quarter of 2005. This follows a 13 per cent increase in the previous quarter. The number of positions advertised for contract staff also increased by 4 per cent, however this rise is minimal compared to the previous rise of 13 per cent in the first quarter of 2005.The target to put all public services on line by the end of 2005 is creating a boom in permanent IT positions, but demand for contractors is slowing which could be the result of outsourcing. It is predicted that the third quarter of 2005 will see a further rise in permanent positions and although any growth for contractor positions may be smaller than previously experienced, it is likely to be substantial.

The demand for staff is having an impact on salaries. The largest salary increases for permanent staff in the year ending June 2005 were seen for Management/System Consultants, with a year on year increase of 51 per cent. Contractor’s experience the highest salaries as Training Officers/Lecturers with a year on year rise of 86 per cent.