IT job opportunities jumped by 23 percent year-on-year in December, according to the Reed IT Job Index.

Each month the index tracks the number of new job opportunities and the salaries on offer compared to the previous month. The Reed Job Index is based on data from the company's jobs board.

Although IT job opportunities slipped slightly between November and December, according to the Reed statistics the year-on-year jump in December 2010 is probably more significant as the Reed IT Job Index only started in December 2009.

Reed said the year-on-year IT jobs increase was nearly four times the rise experienced by the economy as a whole. It said growing demand from the private sector was responsible for the increase, as new public sector jobs fell to less than half their level of a year ago.

Salaries for new IT jobs remain flat though as competition for new roles remains high.

Martin Warnes, managing director of, said: "Jobs growth in the IT sector has accelerated over the last few months at nearly four times the rate for the economy as a whole, giving grounds for optimism in 2011."

He said, "Although salaries have stayed flat as competition for IT jobs remains fierce, the most recent data shows this is beginning to change. Skills shortages are beginning to reappear and can very quickly start to drive salaries up again."

Employers in nearly all sectors are showing signs of confidence and recruiting more people, according to another recent jobs report. The study by KPMG, and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, showed that the number of permanent placements and contract job billings rose at the fastest rate for three months in November.