Public Sector IT takes hit but overall industry growing

The overall IT job postings in the public sector has increased at its fastest rate for over three years despite a 21 percent drop in job postings in the last quarter, according to and

And it seems those with Linux experience are in demand. In the second quarter of 2010 demand for these skill sets increased by eight percent, which for the first time has overtaken experience demand for Unix. SQL, Java, C, C#, .NET, SQL Server and ASP are all still the most sought after skills.

The recruitment companies said since the government had warned the nation that there would be a high number of public sector job cuts, 21 percent fewer public sector jobs have been advertised and public sector job posts have dropped from forth to fifth place in sector rankings. However, contract work in the public sector remains relatively high.

They said permanent job postings for the financial and media sectors continue to grow, with an eight percent and 12 percent increase respectively.

Richard Nott, website director of CWJobs said: “We were all aware that the IT sector would be affected by public sector cut backs, but it’s encouraging to see that overall job postings are continuing to increase. With contract work still available at the moment, there are opportunities in the public sector for those willing and able to be flexible.”