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IT contractors will be pleased to hear that demand for professionals with the right technology skills continues to see a year-on-year rise.

According to the latest APSCo IT Trends Report, IT demand for those in the technology sector make up a larger proportion of the professional vacancy market, exceeding 16% in August.

While IT development and engineering constitutes 25% of all advertised IT roles, the specialism saw more tentative growth of 3% year-on-year. Demand for managerial roles also increased, growing by 19% year-on-year, pointing towards organisations’ focus on expanding the frameworks of their IT departments. However it is IT security that experienced the greatest uplift, with demand rising by 26% year on year to August.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, commented on the report, “Despite some commentators expressing uncertainty about the degree to which the UK’s decision to leave the EU referendum will impact professional job availability, hiring sentiment remains strong in the IT sector, and across a number of other key economic sectors. According to our most recent IT Trends Report IT vacancies reached the second highest level in the past two years, which is certainly a positive sign of growth for the sector.”

“It’s somewhat unsurprising that IT security roles have experienced such substantial year-on-year growth, as business leaders become more and more aware of the business risks of a cyber-attack and look to expand their IT security function. It is highly likely that this steep uplift will continue into the coming months, and indeed years, with both a survey from Lloyds’ indicating that nine in ten big businesses have suffered a major cyber-attack and the magnitude of the recently revealed Yahoo attack highlighting the need to establish an infallible security network.”

Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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