The number of IT job appointments jumped significantly last month, according to a major survey.

The monthly Report on Jobs for January, from KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed that demand for permanent IT and computing workers had increased the most out of all the industries, compared to the previous month.

Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, said: “The latest figures are encouraging. Employers across all sectors have been expanding their workforce in January, with no real pressure building on wage inflation.

“Importantly, there was a real bounce from the previous month’s figures for blue collar, engineering and IT-related jobs.”

But despite the uplift, Brown was cautious, believing that impending public sector job cuts, VAT rises and a slow economic growth were all factors contributing to a volatile UK jobs market over the next few months.

“It is too early to speculate whether these are the signs of a private sector-led recovery,” he warned.

The report is based on a survey of 400 UK recruitment consultants, and as well as asking consultants to name specific skills that are in short supply, uses a figure to represent demand in each job sector. A figure above 50 indicates an increase on the previous month.

In January, the figure for permanent IT jobs was 65.2, only a slightly slower rate of growth than the figure the same time last year (65.6).

For temporary IT jobs, the demand had become quite significantly stronger compared with last year, from 58.8 in January 2010 to 62.2 last month.

Meanwhile, the report revealed that the permanent IT skills found to be in short supply in January were business analysts and CAD operators.