IT recruitment continues to grow

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 21 August, 2017

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IT hiring levels in Australia are continuing to grow, with NSW, the ACT and Victoria dominating by recruitment levels, according to IT recruiter Peoplebank.

Demand for IT staff in NSW is at the strongest it has been for 18 months due to infrastructure projects in the state, Peoplebank’s Salary and Employment Index for Winter 2017 indicates.

Demand for business intelligence or data analytics skills, digital transformation roles, project managers, developers and engineers is particularly high.

Recruitment activity also increased in Victoria due to demand for specialists in security, BI and analytics, developers, testers and engineers, as well as ERP and CRM specialists. In the ACT, demand for developers increased due to end-of-financial-year contract renewals and strong business investment.

By contrast, overall demand remained flat in Queensland compared to the previous quarter, but strong export growth and an economic resurgence could improve the state’s economy in the near future, triggering renewed hiring activity.

Such a process is already underway in WA due to recently announced resources sector projects, triggering an increase in demand. In South Australia, demand for BI and analytics experts, developers and export engineers is also on the rise.

Nationally, while there are now fewer candidates available for roles there remains a steady balance between supply and demand, keeping salaries flat quarter-on-quarter, according to Peoplebank CEO Peter Acheson.

“Equilibrium between the supply and demand for technology skills is being maintained through factors including that large organisations, especially in the financial services sector, are assigning high-performing staff from non-technical business units to IT projects,” he said.

“As organisations become more confident in their capacity to deliver major IT projects — especially projects designed around business outcomes — there is more scope for organisations to bring different skillsets into the project team. Interestingly, participating in an IT project is increasingly being seen by non-IT staff as an asset in their career portfolio.”

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