The demand for IT and communications workers in the UK is at its highest level since the end of 2001.
There was also a rise in employed workers looking for new jobs — up to 59,000 — according to the latest quarterly IT and comms sector group report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
The third quarter of 2007 also showed a decrease in average salaries, although the long-term trend remains positive, according to the REC, with the average wage having risen by around £100 per week compared to 2001.
During the third quarter of last year, around one million IT staff were in work in the UK — slightly fewer than in the previous three quarters, but still the fifth-highest quarterly level in the past five years.
During 2007, hot skills that were increasingly listed as requirements in permanent-job adverts included expertise in the programming language C#, SQL Server and Tibco products.