New research reveals that highly skilled IT staff are currently in huge demand in UK businesses as companies increasingly embrace new technology.
The report from e-Skills UK found that around 60 per cent of advertised IT professional positions represented new roles that had been created as the company expanded.
More than half of IT professional vacancies in the second quarter of 2006 were for system developers and system designers, while one in five of the IT workforce now holds a management role.
CEO of e-skills UK Karen Price said: "The findings of the ICT Inquiry demonstrate a significant demand for IT professionals who can design, implement and manage increasingly complex technology systems in today's workplace.
"This means that they require high level technical skills, as well as business and project management skills."
The report also found an increased demand in UK workforces for IT skills in other categories of staff, with 71 per cent of workers in the UK using technology as part of their everyday jobs.
However, less than four in ten UK-based businesses had an IT training plan in place.