According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK unemployment rate rose from 0.1% to 8.4% for the last quarter of 2011, and the number of unemployed people rose by 48,000 to 2.67m.
But there are some facts give cause for optimism. The numbers of people in work increased by 60,000 to 29.13m in January and a rise in the number of permanent job placement provided some positive news for recruitment industry.
There are still a number of sectors creating jobs and IT is one of them. Among permanent IT positions, a set of key skills is highly required. There will be a high demand for people with IT skills in datastage, android development, DB2, java development, IT marketing and .net. There has also been a recent rise in temporary roles for IT; people with skills in .net, java and datastage will be popular and highly demanded.
The reason behind this is that IT is seen as a key to boost a competitive advantage nowadays. Investing in technology allows business to reduce spending during the recession. Thus, IT professionals are highly demanded by companies for delivering significant productivity gains. Ann Swain, chief executive of APSCo confirmed that there is a significant increase in demand for IT professionals with niche skills. This group of people are very likely to receive multiple job offers and double digit pay increases in 2012.