No shortage of #ITjobs says November Markit survey

No shortage of #ITjobs says November Markit survey

No shortage of #ITjobs says November Markit survey

Posted on 9th December 2019

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Last month, when considering the monthly RBS/Markit report on jobs, I wrote about the importance of certainty for business and how important it is for the economy as a whole that, whoever wins, the election produces that certainty. 

Irrespective of what happens at the polling booths on Thursday, one area where there is continuing certainty, at least just now, is in the IT jobs market.  Month by month as the RBS/Markit report is issued, we see the IT & Computing category either heading or second in the sectoral rankings for both permanent and temporary vacancies.  November is no exception, as you can see in the table below. 

Markit Nov 2019

Significantly, in the permanent job market, we see IT not just growing month on month but also forging far ahead of all other sectors.  This is also the same, albeit not to quite the same degree, in the contractor/temp market.


In both our offices the Be-IT consultants have no shortage of roles to work on and the business as a whole has had some very successful months in 2019. Not only is there no lack of IT vacancies in November but this is going to continue into 2020.  

Moreover, skills shortages are persisting in all sectors. To put this in context, the RBS/Markit report tells us that, “Scottish recruitment consultancies reported a fall in permanent candidate availability in November, as has been the case in each month for over seven-and-a-half years (my underlining). The pace of decline was unchanged from October and remained marked overall.”  I can tell you that, in my opinion, the problems of sourcing and placing high quality candidates in the IT market are greater than in most other sectors - and that’s when good recruiters really do make a difference. 

Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO, Be-IT

Posted in Markit Surveys, Recruitment News


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