LONDON, December 16 /PRNewswire/ -- 2009 has impacted every industry, but the IT sector has proven itself to be more robust than most.

The IT Job Board, http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk, has undertaken its latest survey[1], asking IT professionals to offer their thoughts on the year ahead. It seems that banking, software and telecoms will be the key sectors for those seeking IT work in 2010.

Key sectors

Nearly half (48 percent) of survey respondents highlighted that banking would be the principal sector, in spite of the problems it has faced in 2009. 42 percent believed it would be software and IT services, and 41 percent opted for telecoms.

Commenting on these findings, Peter Healey, sales director at The IT Job Board, said: I believe that next year the finance sector will really pick up. Banking was the first to be hit during the recession, but it will also be the first to recover, and it will offer a lot of opportunity in terms of IT recruitment.

Jobs in demand

When it came to the jobs in demand for 2010, one third (34 percent) thought it would be project manager roles, the same figure opted for business analyst jobs. Reinforcing this, Healey commented:

2010 will see a great deal more project management roles coming through, as companies embark on new IT projects. And, testing and development roles, which were heavily affected in 2009, will also increase next year.

Skills in demand

.net will be the main skill in demand, according to almost one third (31 percent) of the IT pros questioned. 29 percent opted for skills in SAP, 26 percent - Java, and 26 percent believed it would be web development roles.

Healey believes that IT pros should look to adopt skills in the web services arena, and advised: As we continue to get to grips with social and business networking, Web 2.0 skills will be critical, for example .net and Java.

Contract vs Permanent

58 percent advised that contract jobs would be in greater demand during 2010, compared to permanent positions. Healey corroborated this, by stating that the latter part of 2009 saw a shift from permanent to contract roles, where companies sought greater flexibility. He believes this trend will continue in the first quarter of 2010.

He added: IT is now a fundamental part of business, and companies cannot afford to cut it. In recent months, The IT Job Board has experienced a real uplift in the number of vacancies being advertised on the site. I believe the sector is through the worst.

Job boards should be looking to support candidates through offering as wide a choice as possible. They also need to take the lead with recruiters, encouraging them to be as transparent and proactive as possible, when it comes to advertising to candidates.

Notes to editors

About The IT Job Board:

The IT Job Board group of companies was set up in April 2002 in recognition that recruitment in the IT sector was increasingly dominated by the internet.

Online technology enables sophisticated targeting - for example by skill, region or experience - of http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk's database of 800,000 IT professionals. The IT Job Board always tries to get closer to candidates either via planned content campaigns, or through the use of social networks.

The site also offers employers services such as branded job postings, a featured employer zone, targeted email campaigns and guidance on advertising copy. The managed campaign service filters responses to provide companies with a shortlist of applicants most suitable for the advertised position.

http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk's clients include Deloitte, Centrica, HMGCC and The Metropolitan Police.

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[1] 129 IT candidates surveyed on 2010 predictions, December 2009

SOURCE: The IT Job Board

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