The main skills in demand continue to be IT managers, IT support, project managers, SQL and software engineers. The pattern across all of these skills is heavily slanted towards permanent positions. There is significant demand for specialist skills such as IT security and .Net roles. The number of IT security jobs posted, rose by 67 percent quarter over quarter, .Net jobs increased by 51 percent, indicating that the job market is showing some expansive growth in non-core areas. Contract positions have also seen a significant upward shift, with an increase of 54 percent from the start of the year to the end of March.
"We have continued to see a rapid rise in the number of positions being advertised in the first quarter of 2010, a real sign that the market is bouncing back," said Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, in a statement.