Regional Manager Jason Price commented on the findings of the survey
The IT Jobs market in the Midlands has experienced a slowdown in Q4 and although the average salary is approaching 30,000 there was a noticeable drop in the demand for IT professionals. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for this, but historically there is a slowdown in demand in the run up to Christmas and this is reflected in the Midlands and UK figures.” In demand skills Price added “There are certain roles and technologies which remain in high demand with advertised vacancies for SAP Consultants averaging 49,174 and .Net Developers averaging 27,321. It has also been noticeable that clients’ increasingly need additional Network Support personnel to support and protect their networks with strong Windows 2003 Server skills much sought after.
Increased activity in 2006 “We have however noticed an increase in activity at the beginning of 2006, largely caused by candidates seeking a fresh challenge in the New Year and from employers who are implementing projects which were on hold at the end of 2005. This increased activity is likely to put pressure on the wage levels in the region and I anticipate that salaries will increase in the first half of 2006.”