The number of technology jobs available to both contractors and permanent employees in August 2016 reached their second highest point in two years.

The latest IT Trends Report from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and recruitment industry data provider Vacancysoft showed that technology vacancies surpassed the 16% mark within the professional vacancy market in the UK for August 2016.

Within the IT sector, engineering and development roles accounted for around a quarter of all available jobs. The figures also showed a growing number of managerial IT jobs becoming available in the sector.

There has also been a growth in demand for employees of umbrella companies with experience in the IT security space. The figures for August 2016 show an increase of 26% in comparison to the same period in 2015.

“It’s somewhat unsurprising that IT security roles have experienced such substantial year on year growth, as business leaders become more and more aware of the business risks of a cyber-attack and look to expand their IT security function,” said Ann Swain, chief executive of APSCo. “It is highly likely that this steep uplift will continue into the coming months, and indeed years, with both a survey from Lloyds’ indicating that nine in ten big businesses have suffered a major cyber-attack and the magnitude of the recently revealed Yahoo attack highlighting the need to establish an infallible security network.”