That is second only to the resources sector which has sentiment levels of 55.9 per cent. And it's significantly ahead of the national average which is showing a 21.7 per cent net hiring sentiment
While it's a moderately encouraging result Martin Retschko, national practice director for Hudson ICT, acknowledged that over the last year IT sector employment sentiment level has moved in a narrow band of around 1.2 per cent, signalling that hiring sentiment has been 'fairly flat over the last 12 months.'
Hudson's report is a forward looking estimate, but Mr Retschko said that it had over the years compared its indicator with what actually happened according to ANZ jobs data or ABS figures and that there had proven to be a 'very close correlation' between employee hiring forward sentiment, and what actually occurred in the market.
Mr Retschko said that coming at a time when many end user organisations were reducing or holding their IT professional headcounts flat, the IT industry's continued intention to hire could be seen as a signal that it was expecting more clients to outsource their computing requirements, or turn to cloud computing based solutions. This could mean end user skills requirement would plateau while the industry's hiring expectations would rise.
The rollout of the National Broadband Network was also having a positive impact on IT companies' hiring plans he added.