The General Manager of Sydney-based Finite IT, Duncan Thomson, says he is “quietly optimistic” that ICT hiring confidence is starting to bounce back.
“Following a challenging market in the second half of 2013, the first quarter of 2014 has bucked the trend and is starting to show improved prospects for the Australian ICT hiring market,” Thomson said.
According to Thomson, although January remained fairly subdued, the annual February “jobs bounce” did happen, with Finite identifying a 6% year-on-year increase in open positions. Thomson notes that 42% of these roles are for full-time permanent positions and 58% represent contract roles, roughly the same split as existed in November 13, “but the volumes have definitely increased.”
“Any growth in hiring activity flowing through to open roles for recruiters to fill is good news, albeit that a year on year uplift for one month alone cannot be relied upon as a trend,” Thomson cautions.
“Bearing in mind that Gartner has predicted that Australian IT spend will only grow by a modest 2.3% in 2014, roughly in line with inflation, we will have to wait and see how things pan out in the second quarter to identify if hiring momentum is really building up steam.”
Finite also reports that highest in-demand skills sets nationally are Programme & Project Managers, followed by Business/Systems Analysts, Developers/Programmers, specialist BI/Data Analytics Consultants and Network & System Administrators.