A recent Technology Demand and Supply Q4 2009 report, produced for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, found that SQL, C#, .NET and Linux were the only skill areas where demand increased for two consecutive quarters.
SQL, C#, .NET, and Linux had 20,000, 10,600, 9,500, and 5,300 advertisements for staff, respectively. The occupation with the highest demand in Q4 2009 was system developer, with 24,900 vacancies advertised. Other positions that saw a rise in demand were projects manager, senior systems developer, business analyst, PC support analyst, and senior test analyst. Demand for Web designers dropped the most compared with Q3 2009, falling 18 percent.
The report highlighted C3, systems developers, senior systems developers, and senior test analysts as areas that would be "relatively difficult" for recruiters due to skills shortages. Over the last three quarters of 2009, those with Fireworks or Foxpro skills were increasingly being sought out by employers.
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