IT Jobs Report May

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IT Jobs Report May

We take another deep dive into the world of IT Jobs. With an overview of where IT recruitment is in the wider recruitment industry.

Permanent placement growth slips to 13-month low

The UK registered further sharp rises in both permanent placements and temp billings at the start of the second quarter amid reports of rising activity at clients and robust demand for staff. That said, the rates of growth eased to 13- and 12-month lows, respectively, as low candidate supply constrained the overall upturns in hiring activity.

Anecdotal evidence indicated that increased activity at clients and robust demand for workers had supported the latest rise. At the same time, there were reports that low candidate availability and skill shortages had weighed on recruiters’ abilities to fill roles. On a regional basis, the Midlands posted the steepest increase in permanent placements at the start of the second quarter. That said, rates of growth slowed across all four monitored English areas. 

There is a continuing reduction in candidate availability

The overall availability of candidates fell for the fourteenth month in a row in April. The rate of contraction was substantial and much quicker than the series average, despite softening to the weakest for three months. The supply of permanent labour continued to fall at a faster pace than that seen for temporary staff. Recruitment consultancies often mentioned that candidate numbers had fallen due to tight labour market conditions, fewer foreign workers and hesitancy to seek new roles due to the pandemic and geopolitical uncertainty.

Starting pay for both permanent and temporary workers is increasing

A combination of robust demand for staff and scarce supply drove further marked increases in starting pay during April. Notably, the rate of starting salary inflation weakened only slightly from March’s record pace (which was the strongest since data collection began in October 1997). Temp wage growth also eased on the month, but remained historically sharp.

IT vacancies continue to rise 

We saw a further steep increase in overall vacancies during April, despite the rate of growth easing slightly since March. Permanent staff demand continued to rise at a slightly quicker pace than that seen for temporary workers.

Temp vs Perm and Public vs Private Sector

There was a slightly softer increase in demand for permanent staff last month. Notably, the rate of vacancy growth remained quicker than that seen on average over the current 15-month period of expansion. Temporary vacancy growth slipped from March’s seven-month high, but also remained historically sharp. Latest data pointed to slower rises in vacancies across both the private and public sectors. That said, increases across all categories remained sharp overall. The steepest upturn in vacancies was signalled for permanent private sector roles, while the softest was noted for temporary positions in the public sector.

IT Jobs in high demand:



Data Professionals




Java Developers



Software Engineers

Technical Sales


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