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The ICT jobs and employment landscape is changing rapidly with demand for professionals increasingly driven by digital transformation projects and a shift away from traditional IT roles.

According to the latest salary and employment index from ICT recruiter Peoplebank there was steady growth in ICT demand in the three months from August to October, with the strongest demand for professionals with cloud and digital skills, and some pockets of demand for infrastructure skills as organisations expand their overall capacity.

Peoplebank CEO Peter Acheson says that while ICT industry growth is out-performing the broader economy, demand is shifting rapidly away from traditional IT roles towards digital, cloud and newly-emerging roles.

Acheson also notes the beginning of a trend for organisations, especially in Victoria and South Australia, to convert contract roles into permanent positions, “recognising the importance of owning their IP in technology”.

According to Acheson the trend to permanent employment is a general indicator that business confidence is lifting, suggesting what he describes as “a rising tide for ICT skills into 2015”.

"While the ICT industry is in the box seat - in terms of being an industry that's increasingly at the centre of corporate planning - it's clear that the sector is in a state of flux,” Acheson says.

“Many organisations are re-structuring their IT departments, making some roles becoming redundant and creating new roles that reflect the new drivers of growth, especially the priority of leveraging digital technologies that help improve the customer experience."

Acheson says that overall demand is also being driven by new projects in the banking sector, which is the traditional driver of ICT skills demand. “The sector - especially in NSW - is hungriest for Project Managers (PMs) and Business Analysts (BAs) with payments, infrastructure projects and digital/mobile domain experience as well as for PMs with Agile skills.

NSW has had the strongest growth in demand, with incremental improvements in August - October building on the State's strong May-July period, which saw 20% growth.

Peoplebank Salary Survey (for permanent roles) - Summer 2014

Row 1 - October 2014, Row 2 - Jan 2014,  Row 3 - March 2013  

Position

Sydney

ACT

Melbourne

Brisbane

 

Perth

Adelaide

Senior Business Analyst

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$110,000

$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

$120,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$145,000

$135,000

$128,500

 

 

$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

 


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