IT jobs remain strongest growth area

IT jobs

The number of jobs in the IT sector has grown faster than any other type of employment in the last month.

This was the claim made in a new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, which showed whilst seven of the eight industries monitored showed growth, IT figures outstripped them in March.

It was not all good news for the UK's workforce though. Despite permanent and contract vacancies going up, as well as the number of appointments, both were at a slower rate than in February, which could be an early indicator of a stall in the market.

"The latest figures show that the job market recovery remains volatile," said Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG. "Some private sector employers are hiring again but at the moment not in numbers sufficient enough to absorb the job losses in the public sector."

However, salaries kept breaking records, accelerating to their highest level in eight months.

"The challenge going forward will be to transform our public sector services and create the private sector jobs of the future," added Brown.

"For the Government, this will mean speeding up private sector investment into the provision of public services to mitigate the cuts and job losses we are experiencing across the public sector."

Read our feature on whether the private sector can make up for the public sector's job shortfall here.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.