Demand for permanent IT staff plummeted almost 10% during the third quarter of 2008 according to a report released by e-skills
The number of advertisements posted for contract positions fell even further: 13% in the third quarter of 2008.
Rates plunged alongside demand, with pay for permanent and contract ICT staff falling one percentage point on the previous quarter. However, programmers and those working with the internet or in systems design enjoyed a small increase on the previous quarter, although the number of job vacancies in each field was down by 6%, 11% and 13% respectively.
The report also tipped ‘test analyst’ as a ‘hot occupation’, with the role registering the largest increase in vacancy numbers.