The IT jobs market is stabilising, with the latest data from CWJobs showing that vacancies are close to returning to pre-recession levels.

First quarter figures for 2013 reveal that the volume of permanent vacancies has risen for the fourth year in a row. IT jobs are now only 15% below what they were pre-recession in Q1 2008, compared to 41% just three years ago. claims that the rise in vacancies suggests that Britain’s economic outlook is finally showing signs of stabilising and that it’s likely that businesses are taking on additional staff as they anticipate expanding, or try to trigger growth.

The latest figures also highlight that SQL is maintaining its steady growth, making it the most in-demand skill over the last five years. However, in the last year, data shows that demand for C# has overtaken C as a desired skill for employees, as employers move away from the older programming language.

In the first quarter of 2013 there were 20,142 permanent jobs advertised for SQL skills, which has risen from 18,259 in the first quarter of 2009. C# vacancies have risen from 10,353 over the same period to 14,073, whilst jobs for C skills have fallen from 14,401 to 13,661.

“As Britain’s economic position stabilises, growth is being seen across most sectors of the IT industry, signalling that it is finally recovering from the recession,” said CWJobs website direcctor Richard Nott.

“The technology industry looks to be at the forefront of Britain’s growth, and if it maintains the same trajectory, could be boosting Britain’s economic position even further.”

CWJobs also said that due to business outsourcing functions and consumer technology development, software houses and consultancies lead the way in industry growth with vacancy rises of over 1.4% last year.

However, other sectors are also showing signs of steady growth, such as finance and retail, which have increased 0.7% and 1.1% respectively.

The only sector struggling is the public sector, which saw permanent roles decrease by 0.4%.

A recent report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation found that although permanent IT and computing jobs are experiencing strong demand when compared to other sectors, there is a troubling skills shortage in the market.