The number of IT jobs advertised has increased by 4% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015, according to research from specialist recruiter Robert Walters.
Growth was strongest in the North West, with the number of jobs up 6%, while job growth in London and the South East was also steady, with the number of advertised jobs up 4% compared to the same time last year.
The growth in demand for IT professionals reflects the broader upward trend we have seen nationally, particularly in the North West this quarter.
As confidence in the UK economy returns, domestic and international employers are looking to expand their presence here.
Professionals in demand
The outlook is positive for IT professionals looking to change roles or find new contract work. In particular employers are searching for candidates to fill roles from the junior to senior level, including:
- Project managers and business analysts with experience of working on e-commerce or digital programmes
- Those with a background in development technologies, who are highly sought after as companies look to merge development and operations teams
- Newly qualified graduates needed to fill junior roles to help businesses expand.
We expect the number of permanent roles to increase over the coming quarter. It is predicted that there will be a steady increase in demand for interim resource as companies continue to invest in large scale digital and change programmes. - Ahsan Iqbal, Manager at Robert Walters.
About the UK Job Index
The Robert Walters UK Job Index tracks job advertisement volumes over leading job boards across the UK in sectors such as banking and finance, risk, compliance, marketing, IT, legal, tax, sales, secretarial and support, HR and procurement and supply chain.
Released on a quarterly basis, the report provides an indicative summary of recruitment activity being experienced across major national markets as well as key industry comparisons.