APSCo report- IT vacancies improving

APSCo  gather data from its members each month to provide information on current trends in the UK. 

“APSCo is the professional body that represents the interests of organisations engaged in the acquisition of professionals” 

July 2013 – July 2014 comparison

Vertex Solutions are proud to be members and take part in their monthly reports.  The information received for July/August 2014 stats that “permanent vacancies in the IT sector are now matching those for the Finance sector”.  It shows that permanent placements increased by 5.1% compared to July 2013 and by a staggering 22.5% for vacancies available.

Temporary placements seem to be more steady year on year for July improving by 0.3% for placements and 9.7% for vacancies. Both permanent and temporary work have a significant increase in vacancies compared to placements, which would suggest an advantage to candidates and in turn clients perhaps struggling to find employees for the industry.

Latest trends in online recruitment activity

For permanent online recruitment activity each area in the UK has increased the use with the North East showing the biggest positive at 80%, and an amazing 187% for contract recruitment. Scotland and London show the lowest increase, 7% and 18% for Permanent recruitment retrospectively and for Contract online recruitment the South East and Wales reveal the smallest improvement, 22% and 24% retrospectively.  Whether this is due to some areas being more established earlier on or the trend in IT recruitment is significantly different in different regions, I would love to hear your views on this, so please do comment below.

Salary trends

There has been a 1.5% increase in salaries in the IT industry from July 2013 (this is above the all sectors average of 0.7%). The sector with the highest increase was Admin and Secretarial at 14.2% and the biggest decrease was found in the Utilities sector at -9.1%.

This report is based on the APSCo members information who are in the professional recruitment, so please leave a comment below on how you feel personally as I’d like to hear what the public perception is.