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ICT recruitment activities may be slowing down as Australian ICT prepares itself for the federal election this year, according to a new report by the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA).
But despite a dip seen last quarter, the industry is showing signs of being in a better position than it was three years ago.
In the three months to March, the ratio of permanent and contracting roles remained steady at 30% and 70% respectively. The report also shows a small contraction and possible levelling-out in the days required to fill positions and fewer placements being made. This suggests that candidate quality is increasing while ICT employers take a “treading water” approach.
“The results are not surprising but it does beg the question: if ICT is essential to the infrastructure of business and government, then are businesses and governments taking an overly-cautious approach to business intelligence at this crucial time?” said Julie Mills, CEO of ITCRA.
But the data suggests that ICT recruitment is keeping up with the general labour market. “Particularly for ICT jobseekers looking for SAP, Infrastructure, Microsoft Windows Desktop and Java roles demand is high with employers competing for good people,” said Ms Mills.
“But for roles such as Business Analysis, Helpdesk Support and Networking employers have more candidates to choose from,” she said.
ITCRA is the association for ICT contract and recruitment companies in Australia and New Zealand. The organisation publishes a quarterly skills match report to provide comparative trends on placements, days to hire, and key skills gaps in the industry.