IT job­seek­ers put on hold

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FEWER job op­por­tu­ni­ties are pre­dicted in the in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try this year as the num­ber of va­can­cies de­clines, says the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Con­tract and Re­cruit­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Mills says va­can­cies for ICT pro­fes­sion­als dropped 20.1 per cent in 2011.

Its data also shows it is tak­ing longer for re­cruiters and em­ploy­ers to find and hire can­di­dates.

She says those search­ing for em­ploy­ment need to fo­cus on un­der­stand­ing the ar­eas where de­mand ex­ists, whether it be lo­ca­tion or skill set.

But she says re­gard­less of the eco­nomic out­look now and in the fu­ture, there will al­ways be a need for a skilled IT work­force.

‘‘ By con­tin­u­ing to de­velop a di­verse range of ser­vices in part­ner­ship with clients . . . re­cruiters can be con­fi­dent that this nec­es­sary core IT work­force will al­ways en­sure a de­mand,’’ she says.

Sky News TV an­chor David Speers.

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