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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:43

‘Digital revolution’ driving rise in ICT jobs demand Featured

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There’s encouraging signs that Australia's ICT jobs market has been gathering pace over the past quarter, with the market for ICT skills now at its highest point for more than a year, according to a newly published report.

And, ICT recruiter Peoplebank, in its latest ICT Salary Index, attributes the increasing demand for ICT professionals to digital transformation projects by both the private and public sectors.

“A key force for rising demand is that public and private sector organisations are pushing ahead with digital business transformation projects - the continued shift to the Cloud, the rise of big data analytics and more - as they fall in with the digital revolution,” says Peoplebank CEO, Peter Acheson.

"In fact, Peoplebank is seeing quite a buzz in the marketplace, with many organisations looking to achieve the next steps in their digital strategy before the end of the financial year."

Acheson says that demand, especially in the “big 3” markets of New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria - which together represent 75% of Australia's ICT jobs market - is at least “mirroring the stronger-than-expected employment growth rates in the broader economy.”

"Demand is strong for Data Analysts, those with specialist skills in Business Intelligence and Cloud-based operations, as well as for Business Analysts and Project Managers focussing on turning big data into opportunities."

According to the Peoplebank survey, most salaries and rates were unchanged, continuing a trend of static remuneration that has persisted for more than a year, and Acheson says that with many projects in the pipeline, businesses may need to offer rate and salary increases to attract key skills later in 2014.

"Interestingly, there are also early signs of ICT hires being made by business units, rather than the organisation's ICT department. The implications of this trend include that industry professionals will increasingly need to speak the language of marketing and other disciplines to advance their careers."

Table - Comparative Sample of Capital City Salary Rates (for permanent roles)

Row 1 - April 2014

Row 2 - Jan 2014

Row 3 – November 2013

Row 4 - March 2013

 

Position

Sydney

ACT

Melbourne

Adelaide

Perth

Brisbane

Senior Business Analyst

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$115,000

$115,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$109,500

$109,000

Senior J2EE Architect

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$160,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$140,000

n/a

$135,000

$135,000

$128,500

$135,000

Senior Oracle Financials – Functional

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$114,000

$120,000

Senior  SAP – Functional

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000+

$150,000+

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$130,000

$130,000

$128,500

$135,000

Senior CIO/IT Director

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$205,000

$205,000

$205,000

$205,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$240,000

$250,000+

$250,000+

$250,000+

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$190,000

$190,000

$190,000

$200,000

Senior IT Manager

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$160,000

$170,000

$170,000

$170,000

$170,000

$110,000

$110,000

$109,500

$115,000


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