The latest Report on Jobs, published today by KPMG and the REC, pointed to further growth of IT vacancies in October. Moreover, demand for both permanent and temporary IT professionals expanded at faster rates.
The index measuring demand for permanent IT staff climbed to a four-month high of 64.3 and was above that for all types of workers (62.1). Furthermore, IT was in second place out of nine in the permanent job vacancies ‘league table’, behind only Accounting/Financial.
Temp IT vacancies growth also accelerated to the fastest since June, with the respective index registering 60.3 in October. This placed the category fourth out of nine in the demand for temp staff ‘league table’. The latest reading was above that for all types of short-term workers (59.7).
Heath Jackson, partner in the CIO Advisory practice at KPMG said: “While hiring continued at pace across most areas of the economy, it is clear that the industry is suffering from a skills shortage, with recruiters struggling to meet demand for roles. Such shortages are driving employers to really look at their 'grow your own' strategies both from an acquisition of talent and structured development programmes.
“Businesses will want to see this addressed in the Autumn Statement, with measures to boost apprenticeships and other routes into roles.”