IT jobs growth seen across the UK

Permanent vacancies continue to rise, with growth seen in Scotland, Southern England and the West.

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IT jobs are on the increase according to IT recruitment site CWJobs.co.uk.

Quarterly data from the firm shown that in the second quarter of 2013 both permanent (0.7 per cent) and contract (1.3 per cent) IT jobs have shown growth across all UK regions.

While London's Tech City' initiative is proving successful, the new data indicates that other clusters of technologies firms in the UK could be driving nationwide growth.

Year-on-year, vacancies in London have seen modest growth with 9,886 job vacancies posted in the quarter, a rise of 2.4 per cent on the year.  Vacancies across Scotland (7.9 per cent), Southern England (4.6 per cent) and the West and Wales (3.1 per cent) are leading regional growth, providing opportunities for professionals working outside of the capital city.

In the west, Bristol has been positioned as a computer gaming hub, whilst Cambridge's "Silicon Fen" is acclaimed to be roots of many of Britain's most influential technology companies.

Meanwhile, Scotland has been making it's name as a technology start-up capital, being home to a number of budding companies which are making moves to become influential industry players, such as SkyScanner, the fast growing online airfare tracker. 

Comments Richard Nott, website director, CWJobs: "As investment in technology firms increases, there is less need for professionals to be based in the capital city, giving professionals the opportunity to work across many different regions.  This is good news for the industry and for the prospects of IT professionals across the UK who may no longer need to consider re-locating to get the best jobs. As IT's position as an inherently networked industry' grows, it's likely this trend will continue."

Skills within the industry are also evolving, and the latest data has shown greater demand for professionals skilled in ASP and .Net, whilst previous high-in-demand skills, such as SQL, HTML, and C have seen decreases across permanent roles.

Demand for .NET in particular has seen unprecedented demand, driven by growing numbers of web-based services and applications, as more businesses move to operate online.

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