Demand for IT and computing professionals continued to increase throughout April.
According to The Report of Jobs, published by KPMG and the REC, while the growth in demand for permanent IT workers softened slightly from March’s peak, there has been a stronger demand for temporary IT staff in April compared to the previous month.
The index measuring permanent IT staff demand registered 68.5, down marginally from 68.8 in March. For temporary IT workers, the index rose from 63.7 in the prior month to 64.0 in April.
“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,” said Heath Jackson, partner in the CIO Advisory practice at KPMG.
“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.”
PCR reported last year that IT staff are happier than the average worker, with 64 per cent saying they were happy with their work-life balance, compared to the national average of just 59 per cent.