The country’s IT recruiters are approaching 2012 with a spring in their step, with demand for IT contracting and permanent roles alike showing continued signs of strong growth.

That’s the verdict of the latest meeting of the REC’s Technology Sector Group, which collects data from 570 recruitment agencies across the UK specialising in the IT skills market. The Group’s Chair, Jeff Brooks, said:

“I was pleased to hear from many of our members that they are looking forward to 2012 with confidence about the IT jobs market. The recruitment sector has always been good at adapting to external developments. Social media is the latest change to manage and has already resulted in specialised recruiters reinventing the way they build their brand and build relationships with clients and candidates.”

Members of the group reported that demand for systems managers and product developers was especially strong, a trend which is in line with the findings of the latest REC/KPMG Report on Jobs, which suggested growing demand for both contractor and permanent roles in the IT sector.

There was other encouraging for news for PAYE umbrella contractors of the techie kind: November’s Employment Index UK from Monster reveals that the IT sector has grown by 25% compared with the same time last year, placing it at the top of the index’s growth sector ranks.

Monster’s UK and Ireland spokesman Michael Gentle said “The seasonal rise in temporary positions across sectors such as transport has supported overall annual gain of 8% in November, counter-balancing the effect of slowed growth across other sectors.”

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