The latest signs suggest that the job market is strengthening in the IT sector amongst others.

Recruitment IT specialist CV Screen has analysed the IT sector and has uncovered a rise of 2% for permanent professionals from last year meaning the average salary is now £36,818. A CV Screen spokesperson stated that they have seen an increase in jobs within the sector which also signals recovery. This has been evident since the last quarter of 2009.

However, it is not all positive. Although there appears to be an increase in vacancies there has also been a significant increase in applicants – up 36% over the past year. This has been attributed to a confidence returning to individuals in this sector who were nervous about changing jobs during the recession but now that the sector is recovering, confidence is returning.

Particular skills in demand include .NET skills, Java and PHP expertise. Jobs boards are also increasingly advertising vacancies in SEO vacancies.

It is predicted that this upturn in the sector will continue throughout this year. IT analysis and research organisation, Gartner, believes that spending within the sector is set to increase by 5.7% this year, totalling £535 billion.

New figures released from the Monster index has shown increases in other sectors also. There has been a 5% increase in vacancies within the healthcare sector alongside a 6% increase in PR, media and marketing.

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