Despite the rise of IT outsourcing amongst many UK businesses as they struggle to bring down costs, permanent and flexible IT vacancies grew for the third successive quarter at the close of 2012. This resulted in a strong overall performance for the industry as a whole, new figures from the online computer jobs board CWJobs.co.uk reveal.

Even though IT requirements are increasingly being outsourced, the growth in IT vacancies has been driven predominantly by demand for software house roles. These accounted for an astonishing 64% of all vacancies posted. Reversing a rather dismal trend of late, the finance sector also recruited more IT pros in Q4 2012, with vacancies growing by a creditable 0.9% after a lengthy period of contraction.

CWJobs.co.uk’s website director, Richard Nott, said that the IT industry was strengthening in an encouraging fashion despite challenging economic conditions; however, although demand for skilled candidates was on the rise, Mr Nott pointed out that competition for the vacancies was also becoming keener. He added: “IT is now a fundamental part of the business operation, so firms demand more from the modern tech candidate.  IT pros need to better demonstrate their suitability for roles if they are to compete, highlighting desirable attributes such as an aptitude for adopting new skills quickly, business acumen and an ability to manage complex relationships.”

Demand for candidates with SQL remained at the top of the tree at the close of 2012, although it fell by 1.4% compared to the previous quarter. Between Q3 and Q4, demand for Agile rose by 3.2%, taking its total growth over all four quarters to 8%.

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