Friday, 24 April 2009

Validating job vacancy tracking

Over on The Register there's a piece about the IT jobs crisis
Gov figures show IT jobs crisis

IT and telecoms jobs are starting to feel the pinch of the recession.

Although the total number of people working in IT and telecoms is the highest for seven years and demand is up compared to last quarter, there has been a big fall in advertised positions.

Permanent job adverts are down 24 per cent and ads for contractor jobs are down 27 per cent. But there were still 98,000 advertised permanent posts and 23,000 contractor jobs advertised in the period.

The quarterly research from e-skills also found business confidence dropped in the last quarter of 2008 and company liquidations increased. Nevertheless, the sector's unemployment rate fell from last quarter.

My week tracking of the jobs listed on isn't going to be as thorough or detailed as e-skill's research, and I've only been tracking IT contractor jobs for just over a month, but here's my graph of the decline in vacancies today compared to a month ago.

Its nicely reassuring that my figures are in about the same ballpark as the professionals.

The article goes on with...
The ten skills most often requested by employers are SQL, C, C#, .NET, SQL SVR, Java, Oracle, ASP, C++ and Unix. Four areas seem to be resisting the credit crisis and showed some growth in the third and fourth quarters of last year: WAP, COM, Active X and Sage.

I'm going to have to pick up a few 'Teach-yersel' books and start turning my spreadsheets into SQL database things.

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