This article written by Jennifer Foreshew was originally featured on the Courier Mail website on the 8th of September 2015.
Technology recruitment has recorded an eight per cent year-on-year rise for the quarter as digital transformation projects fire up, according to latest industry data.
Peoplebank Australia’s quarterly Salary & Employment Index – Spring, released today, says the ICT market is growing well ahead of the broader jobs market. “IT hiring continues to be pretty strong, particularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra,’’ Peoplebank chief executive officer Peter Acheson told The Australian. He said Adelaide had picked up, but Brisbane remained “erratic’’ and Perth was “very soft’’. The data, which comes from the nation’s top 50 ICT hirers, shows IT contracting up 7.28 per cent from the July, August and September quarter last year and that IT permanent roles lifted 14 per cent year-on-year. In Sydney, demand has grown by a further 10 per cent on the previous quarter – itself the highest for seven years, the survey says. In Canberra, demand has grown to its highest level this decade on new projects in the public and private sectors.
Mr Acheson said the data analytics trend among major retailers, telecommunications companies and utilities was fuelling demand for data scientists. “A number of organisations in those industries are all hiring reasonably large numbers – 40 and 50 data scientists to help do much better analysis of customer data with the objective to better predict what customers will want to buy in the future and to better package offers to customers,’’ he said.
The survey indicates SMEs are hiring ICT skills in larger numbers. New hires increasingly sit in the broader business sector rather than traditional IT departments. “In both Sydney and Melbourne, the small and medium enterprise markets are strong in terms of their IT hiring,’’ Mr Acheson said. “It’s certainly good double-digit growth.’’ He said there would be no major increases in salaries or rates apart from specialised skill sets around digital transformation. “I think that IT as a category of employment will withstand the (economic) turbulence because the core benefits of these digital transformation projects are so compelling; they have got a very good ROI, they are either reducing cost, improving efficiency or driving improved revenue,’’ he said.
Ambition technology division managing director Andrew Cross said contracting growth was up by close to 10 per cent. “The focus that we are seeing is still on contract labour resources,’’ Mr Cross said. “From a digital perspective, anything and everything is in demand with iOS developers, Android developers. The two predominate skill sets.’’ The E.L. Consult Executive Demand Index, released this month, shows demand for Australian executives increasing a further four per cent in August due to a boost in jobs for management and IT executives. IT, with a 14 per cent rise in the number of jobs on offer, was a standout performer.
Joining the Ambition technology business in 2006 as Managing Director, Andy is responsible for the future growth of the technology business along with providing an active voice in the changing landscape of recruitment in Australia.