Recruitment in the IT sector 'improving'Both demand and supply for IT staff has increased over the second quarter of 2010, according to an industry survey.

Data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Technology Sector Group (REC Technology) revealed demand for industry labour rose by four per cent over the past three months, while call for skilled ICT workers jumped by ten per cent.

According to the report, there are 68,000 jobseekers already employed and 60,000 unemployed IT staff jostling to secure one of 86,000 job vacancies being advertised, with the ratio between demand and supply in the sector currently standing at 1.5 applicants per position.

REC Technology chair Jeff Brooks determined that the results show a “return to good health” for the industry and commented that members had seen a marked improvement.

“IT systems are clearly seen as tools that can help drive growth and help reduce cost across the enterprise and we expect to see this growth maintained,” he said.

The REC claims to represent the private recruitment and staffing industry, estimated to be worth £27 billion.

By Ross George