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Australia – ICT recruitment remains stable

16 August 2013

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) recruitment is maintaining its ‘steady as you go’ trend, keeping in step with the general labour market, according to the latest Trend Report and SkillsMatch Dashboard report by the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA).

Comparing the Trends Report to the Labour Market Report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that both sets of data are performing similarly. This follows ICT recruitment trending better against the ABS indicator in the past two quarters. These results were expected given the uncertain business conditions and the current political landscape.

Following the national election in the coming quarter businesses expect some certainty in the political agenda for the next three years. It is also hoped that investment in major projects, infrastructure, and new business initiatives will come into sharper focus.

Contracting continues to be the most prevalent form of ICT employment, although permanent placements are trending at an average of 15-20% of placements made. The nature of ICT projects and the need for mobility of talent are drivers of the contracting agenda for the ICT workforce and the business community at large.

Julie Mills , CEO of ITCRA, commented: “It is interesting to note that the past quarter the Skills Match Dashboard continues to show that Help Desk/Support was the highest ranked of the ‘Skills-in-Demand’ and ranked third in the ‘Skills Offered’. More importantly, 83% of roles were filled with available candidates; while Project Management reflects stronger demand; with only 56% of roles filled.”

“At the other end of the spectrum we still see SAP and Microsoft Windows Desktop in demand, [but] not even registering on Skills Offered listing, with only 21% and 26% of roles filled, respectively. Data such as this is what drives the skills shortage conversation: specialised skills such as these are essential for core projects and if the talent can’t be sourced domestically, business has to wait until talent becomes available or go offshore to avoid productivity being impacted,” said Ms Mills.

Ms Mills concluded that: “Now more than ever the market knowledge and analysis that typifies an ICT recruitment professional will be essential to ensure that the ICT talent in Australia is managed and supported in preparation for the ‘hoped for’ increase in projects and infrastructure into the future.”     

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