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RALEIGH, N.C. – The average daily information technology job openings in North Carolina plunged 18 percent in January from December, indicating that job recovery in the IT sector is on hold.

“Even though the U.S. economy grew during the last two quarters of 2009, this positive development has not led to higher [job] demand in January,” said the talent management firm and the in its latest IT jobs report.

“Employers in the state posted a daily average of 1,300 IT job opportunities, a decline of 17.7 percent as compared to December,” the report adds.

Two year ago, the daily job opening average was three times as high at nearly 4,000

A year ago, openings averaged 1,120.

In December, openings averaged 1,580 after reaching the highest level in a year in November at 1,770.

The daily job opening average in the Raleigh area fell 8.7 percent, but in the Charlotte metro area openings sank by 66 percent.

The N.C. trend was worse than the national job opening average, which fell 7.1. percent.

“Job openings in all industry sectors declined except for Defense,” SkillProof and NCTA noted.

The average job openings by category with the January 09 average in parenthesis:

• Systems engineering/support: 430 (380)

• Software development: 300 (220)

• IT sales and marketing: 140 (90)

• IT Management: 130 (100)

• IT architects/consultants: 120 (130)

• Systems administration: 90 (110)

• Business/Process design: 10 (30)

• Hardware engineering: 10 (10)

• Training/tech writing: 10 (40)

• Misc. categories: 50 (30)

The top 15 needed skills, with January 2009 demand in parenthesis:

• Windows OS: 230 (210)

• C++/V++: 190 (160)

• Linux: 190 (120)

• Java: 180 (120)

• Oracle DBMS: 170 (160)

• SQL: 170 (220)

• Unix: 130 (110)

• Business Analysis: 100 (100)

• Microsoft SQL Server: 90 (110)

• Windows NT/2000/2003 Server: 70 (80)

• XML: 70 (100)

• Perl: 70 (30)

• Large system technologies: 70 (40)

• Virtualization technology: 70 (10)