Friday, 25 September 2015 12:54

‘Boom’ in digital, mobile brings IT skills shortages: recruiter

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Forecast growth in the digital and mobile sector is likely to bring about ICT skills shortages over the next 12-months as many organisations carry out user experience, online and transformation projects, according to a new survey by one ICT recruitment firm.

Recruiter Greythorn says the digital and mobile sector is set to boom over the next twelve months, and the rate at which the sector is growing brings with it an impending skills shortage.

The recruiter says it foresees a lack of qualified candidates within the digital and mobile sector, particularly in UX/Design and development across multiple languages.

Other skills in demand are set to include Android and iOS developers, but Greythorn says there will also be a surge in JavaScript MV framework popularity and an increase in demand for Service Design and UX professionals.

“The impending skills shortage and a lack of good developers means employers need to react quickly when they meet one and be prepared to pay market rates,” says Michael Boyd, Greythorn Senior Digital Consultant.

“Job seekers also value flexible working opportunities, currently offered to only 36% within the digital/mobile space. Employers should consider what other options they can offer to secure top candidates, outside of rates.”

Greythorn cites Australia’s Digital Pulse report by Deloitte showing that jobs in the IT sector are predicted to grow by 2.5% every year for the next 6 years and that this will mean a demand for 100,000 IT professionals by 2020, in spite of a significant and ongoing decline in IT graduates (Deloitte Access Economics, 2015).

Boyd says good candidates within this sector often have three to four job offers at any one time, meaning employers can struggle to secure a candidate from this small and highly competitive talent pool.

Additionally, digital roles often attract only a quarter of the number of applicants that standard IT roles attract due to the talent shortage.

To combat this shortfall Greythorn says it is currently working on a number of digital talent pooling programs centred on attracting talented digital professionals from countries such as the UK and India.

The Greythorn survey found that 61% of respondents within the digital and mobile sector intend to change jobs in the next 12 months, which the recruiter says indicates a buoyant, if small, market.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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