The Advantage Job Index (formerly the Olivier Job Index) which tracks internet job advertisements, this afternoon released its March report which showed a 4.57 per cent improvement in the index overall - double that of February.
Demand for IT&T personnel meanwhile rose 5.0 percent in March (down on February's 8.11 percent increase - although that followed the often sluggish January period), while demand for new IT&T graduates rose strongly by 12.2 per cent during March.
Although the overall demand for IT&T graduates is still down compared with previous years the trend is headed in the right direction.
Hudson also released its market forecast for the coming three months, which indicates that 31.5 per cent of employers plan to increase their overall permanent staff levels in the three months to the end of June. The report notes that IT employers are the most confident they have been for the last two years with 41.8 per cent of employers planning to increase their IT&T permanent headcount during the three month period.
IT&T demand was the third most buoyant area of demand for permanent employees according to Hudson after the resources sector and the property/construction/engineering sector.