IT Jobs set to grow by 2.19% per year

The report predicts that more that 50% of new candidates will move from other occupations, 17% will be new job seekers making the move directly from education and the remainder will be those re-entering the workforce following a period of unemployment or a career break. The report went on to predict that job creation will primarily be in ‘high value roles’ with individuals expected to utilise new skills.

A number of recent surveys and reports seem to back up many of the claims of large scale job creation in the future. A recent study by Orange found that more than 50% of its customers are planning to increase spending on Information Technology (including IT professionals) in 2011. The survey of more than 2,000 SME customers found that 52% of respondents would spend more on Information Technology over the next year, with communications equipment identified as the technology to best support their business. The Managing Director of one of Orange’s customers, Dr Andrea Ercole, said that \”We\’re planning on hiring more staff and doubling our headcount. We\’re also seeing many businesses now collaborating through social media, and plan to invest more in this area in order to reach out to new and existing customers.\”

The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook survey also revealed that although many employers are remaining cautions with regards to recruitment early on in 2011 many expect to add to their permanent and temporary workforce over the course of the year. The survey revealed that many UK employers are taking a cautious approach to the early part of the year following the recent increase in VAT (from 17.5% to 20%) and looming public sector job losses.  Key figures included;

  • 21% of employers said that they will be adding to their headcounts during the course of 2011
  • 74% said that they plan to keep their workforce numbers static in 2011
  • 5% intend to reduce their permanent and temporary headcount during the course of the year
  • 95% expect to grow or keep their permanent headcount the same over the course of the next 3 months
  • 32% plan to grow their agency workforce over the next 12 month
  • 20% intend to increase their temporary staff within the next three months

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