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Australia's ICT jobs market is growing well ahead of the broader jobs market, according to a newly published employment survey which reveals that the jobs growth is largely driven by more organisations now doing business online.

In its latest quarterly Salary & Employment Index, ICT recruitment firm Peoplebank reports that ICT hiring in most major cities - Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne - continues to be strong to very strong, while the Brisbane market is “warming as businesses gear up for growth.”  

Peoplebank CEO Peter Acheson says a key driver of ICT hiring includes the fact that business is now largely conducted online.

“Organisations have moved from having digital capability - 'doing digital' - to being digital businesses. As part of this trend, SMEs are hiring ICT skills in larger numbers, and new hires are increasingly sitting in the broader business, rather than in traditional IT departments.”

The survey reveals that in Sydney, demand levels grew by a further 10% on the previous quarter - itself the highest for seven years - while in Canberra, demand has grown to its highest level this decade on the back of new projects in both the public and private sectors.

And, Acheson says that in Adelaide, ICT professionals are enjoying a growing market, with contract roles climbing steadily over the last quarter and indications that business and Government organisations will be making further investments in digital capabilities.

Acheson also said that demand for ICT skills in Melbourne remains solid, and “while enterprise hiring has softened over the past quarter - compared with the market peak over the Autumn season - the overall market is being sustained by stronger hiring from the SME sector.”

"Businesses are seeing the returns on their data driven innovation, which is spurring more organisations to commit to investments in digital capabilities.

"In particular, companies are investing in data driven innovation. We are seeing the data science industry mature into a number of specialities, such as modelling and predictive analytics. What's also really exciting is that the early adopters of data analytics are increasingly mixing up their teams, having people from different parts of the business sitting together, cross-pollinating their capabilities and gaining richer insights as a result.

"Organisations in every sector in the economy are using their data to grow – and as a result, Australia is well on the way to realising $billions in additional revenue," Acheson concludes.

To view the Peoplebank Salary & Employment Index – Spring, click here.

Capital City Salary Rates (for permanent roles)

Row 1 - September 2015,  Row 2 - Jan 2014,  Row 3 - March 2013

Position

NSW

ACT

VIC

QLD

 

WA

SA

Senior Business Analyst

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$115,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

Senior J2EE Architect

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$160,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$145,000

$135,000

$128,500

$140,000

$140,000

n/a

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

Senior Oracle Financials – Functional

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$125,000

$100,000

$100,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

Senior  SAP – Functional

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000+

Senior CIO/IT Director

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$205,000

$205,000

$205,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$190,000

$190,000

$190,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$240,000

$240,000

$250,000+

Senior IT Manager

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$120,000

$120,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$110,000

$110,000

$110,000

$170,000

$170,000

$170,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

Capital City Salary Rates (for permanent roles)

Notes:   Row 1 - September 2015, Row 2 - June 2015,  Row 3 - March 2015

Web Developers

$140,000

$140,000

$900/day

$100,000

$100,000

$640/day

$120,000

$120,000

$800/day

-

-

-

-

$80,000

$80,000

-

$100,000

$100,000

-

Data Scientists

$150,000
$150,000

$900/day

-

$800/day

$800/day

$800/day

-

-

-

 

 


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