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The mid-year update to the 2013 IT Recruitment & Retention Report from Clicks IT Recruitment indicates a slow but noticeable increase in IT hiring intentions. Produced annually, the survey of 200 Australian businesses shows a quarter of employers intend to increase their IT budget and headcount in the coming year.
In 2012, 37% of businesses intended to reduce the size of their IT workforce, compared with 29% in 2013. Of those expecting a decrease this year, the majority forecast a reduction in numbers of less than -10%.
Correspondingly, 23% of businesses plan to increase their IT budget in the next 12 months, compared to just 17% last year.
Applications Development staff remain the most difficult to recruit, having topped the list for the last 5 years. Coming a close second this year is a strong forecasted demand for Business Analysts, providing a good indicator of an increase in project demand in the next six months.
The biggest increase in difficulty to recruit is Information Management staff, with demand tripling since 2010. Conversely Project Management roles are experiencing the lowest level of difficulty since 2008.
Ben Wood, Clicks’ Managing Director said, “When demand is low it’s important not to confuse the issue with a lifting of the skills shortage. Low demand doesn’t generate additional skills. However, if organisations invest in their people now, they will increase their chances of keeping them when demand rises, which we expect will quicken over the next year.”