According to Experis, a ManpowerGroup company, the growth of BYOD, cloud computing and mobility are creating new employment hotspots, and it says that there is an ongoing shortage for highly skilled technical workers and those who understand emerging technologies.
Experis tracked demand for IT specialists in the first half of this year, and found that the ICT jobs market is anticipated to pick up towards the year’s end, as emerging technologies drive new employment opportunities.
According to Brent Leahy, IT Practice Lead at Experis, “from personal uses to business functionality, technology’s role in society is constantly growing, and this is shifting demand across the ICT jobs market.”
“More so than ever before, we’re relying on technology in our everyday lives. The proliferation of mobile devices has changed how we engage and connect. Companies are looking to recruit IT workers with skills to help move them from the desktop to the cloud, to mitigate risk and to take advantage of new technologies that will help them grow in the long term.
“Overall, the employment market across IT has been relatively flat but stable this year. However, sentiment is shifting and the market will likely pick up in the next 6 to 9 months.”
According to Leahy, ManpowerGroup’s Annual Talent Shortage Survey results found that 45% of Australian employers are experiencing difficulty finding staff with the right skills, and consequently IT Staff have remained in the top ten hardest to fill roles in Australia for the past three years.
“Sharepoint, SAP, Security and Sitecor developers are all in short supply. And there is always need for Project Managers, Business Analysts, and Storage and Network Administrators/Engineers.”
Leahy says demand for contract roles has become the new industry ‘norm’, as companies move toward flexible workforces, leading to a polarisation of demand in the sector, with employers either looking for very specialised candidates for particular projects, or general “all rounders”, who can adapt as needed.
“Candidates who can point to experience in a number of different industries and exposure to a variety of challenges, are increasingly attractive to employers taking on project based work.
“Also, it’s necessary for candidates to invest in their ongoing qualifications. The IT sector has always been quite fluid, so keeping on top of new technology developments is important,” Leahy advises.