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Australia – Demand for digital skills up +10%

13 February 2014

The shift to digital by corporate and government organisations has increased demand for web-based skills by more than +10% in the past three months, according to staffing industry sources, reports theaustralian.com.au.

Peoplebank’s new ICT Job Index released yesterday shows overall hiring has declined slightly since May last year, but roles such as business and systems analysts had held up well.

Peter Acheson, CEO of Peoplebank, said: “We just haven’t had big projects in the market in the past 12 months and that ultimately has depressed IT hiring. So permanent has been very soft and contracting flat.’’

According to the data, demand was strong for network systems engineers, with a need for quality assurance and testing roles, as well as security specialists. Moving forward, business intelligence and the web-based environments are also expected to see increased demand.

Demand for web-based roles of at least +10% in the past three months, added Mr Acheson: “There’s a common theme about web developers, PHP developers, Ruby on Rails developers, Agile developers and those with strong digital and online experience.”

Financial services and retail were considered the strongest hirers recently for web-based roles.

“If a client is looking for greater than three years’ experience in an online retail environment, for example, you would need to find those people in the United Kingdom and they would have worked for Tesco, Aldi or somebody else, they probably haven’t done it here. There is not that many here,” he added.

Michael Page Technology director Emily Wilson said that since October 2013 there had been a jump in demand of up to +60% for web-based roles: “There are a couple of key financial services organisations that are redesigning their internet banking platforms which is probably why we are seeing the spike.’’

She added that online developers could command salaries of between AUD 75,000 (USD 67,805) and AUD 95,000 (USD 85,887) for experienced candidates: “They are paid a premium if they have got industry-specific experience and worked on similar projects before, for example, online credit card platform experience.”

According to Spark Recruitment, the web-based roles in demand are UX, front end web developers including developers with JavaScript frameworks like Angular, Android/iOS developers and also core Java or .Net-based web developers as applications are taken from client-server to Software-as-a-Service based.

Spark Recruitment director Luke Singleton has seen an up-lift in web-based roles of between +10% and +15% in the past three months: “The trend is towards mobility and responsive web design to cope with the shift to more tablet-based hardware. It can be quite hard to find candidates as there are not that many around or looking. They tend to be well looked after by their employers.’’

Granite Consulting Managing Director David Webley added that web-based skills were commanding premiums of about 20% for experience and a credible track record: “It is hard to find genuine, proven digital experience.”


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