The IT Job Board report, “The State of the U.K.’s IT Recruitment Market,” comes to a number of conclusions including the fact that while Q2 is expected to show negative growth, the industry is predicted to need a significant number more IT professionals in the long term.

Despite a 57 percent decline in jobs year-on-year in May, the board predicts that the software sector, which accounts for 60 percent of all jobs, is up 4 percent over the same period. Long-term contracts are also seen to be growing faster than contract jobs, and over a third of companies polled announced that they intended to recruit in Q3 and Q4 this year.

Teresa Sperti, head of international marketing at The IT Job Board, sums up the report when she says: “As a result of increasing demand and candidate supply shortages, we predict that the long-term IT recruitment market will be particularly buoyant…..organizations need to actively consider how they will mitigate the risk of a longer term skills gap, to ensure they remain competitive within their marketplace.”

The report is available at: www.theitjobboard.co.uk.