The demand for UK IT staff has grown only marginally in the last quarter, according to an extensive survey of recruitment firms.

The results, from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, are based on a survey of 400 UK recruitment consultants. A figure is used to represent demand in each job sector. A number below 50 indicates a drop on the previous month, 50 indicates level demand, and above 50 indicates an improvement in demand.

The demand for IT staff improved from 52.2 in October 2009 to 54.2 this October, according to the indices used by the research. This represents a marginal gain,  not a strong improvement.

In fact, staff appointments across all industries rose at their weakest rate for 14 months in October, according to the monthly "Report on Jobs" from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.

On the IT temporary and contract side however, things have become worse year-on-year, with demand falling from 54.5 to 49.6.

The report stated that the reduced demand in IT and computing jobs marked "a reversal of the situation one year ago when those two categories were the most in-demand."

According to last month's Report on Jobs, permanent staff placements rose at their weakest rate for a year, and temporary billings growth was at an eleven-month low.