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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:50

Healthcare, education lead the way in ICT hiring

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Healthcare and education have been the key drivers of ICT hiring over the last 3 months, according to a newly published survey of the salaries and skills demand in each of Australia's major markets.

The latest quarterly salary survey by recruitment firm Peoplebank shows that while ICT hiring was contracting prior to Christmas, demand has been strengthening in January, “setting a brighter tone for 2014.”

Peter Acheson, CEO of Peoplebank says that VIC, SA, the ACT and QLD all saw stronger-than-expected demand for ICT professionals last month, but NSW - the nation's largest hirer of ICT skills - lagged due to “slower-than-normal hiring in the banking sector, but should strengthen by autumn.”

Peoplebank's ICT Index has been expanded to measure demand - by region and skillsets - on a weighted index against a baseline mark of 100. The overall Index, which stood at 93.35 in November, was 90.71 in January - which, in a shorter trading month, suggests a comparatively busy market.  

Acheson says that employers in healthcare and education have been the hungriest for ICT skills over the November - Janurary period, with healthcare sector demand rising month-on-month from August 2013, and the education sector demand from October.

"The sheer number of new e-health initiatives - in PCEHR, telehealth, remote diagnosis and more - make healthcare one of Australia's strongest areas of ICT investment, alongside the education market where developments including faster broadband are fuelling innovation," Acheson says.

According to Acheson, investments in the broader commercial sector, including manufacturing, retail and the resources sector, remain the “engine room of ICT hiring as companies continue with projects around big data, social, mobile and cloud operations.”

Demand has been strongest for Quality Assurance/Testing, Network / Systems Engineers and Database Administrators, and for contract over permanent roles.

"Overall, Peoplebank has begun 2014 on the strongest footing we've seen in 18 months.

"While we're beginning the New Year on the back of a softer 2013 - which has meant that we have a large pool of ICT professionals available for hire, and few in the industry achieved pay rises last quarter - demand is steadily lifting in 2014. I expect there will be good opportunities for ICT professionals to expand their career portfolios this year, ahead of even stronger prospects in 2015," Acheson concluded.

Peoplebank salary surveys for each of the capital cities can be download here

Peoplebank: Comparative Sample of Capital City Salary Rates (for permanent roles)

Row 1 - Jan 2014 (red = salary contraction, green = salary rise, black = salary unchanged)

Row 2 – November 2013 , Row 3 - March 2013

Position

Sydney

ACT

Melbourne

Adelaide

Perth

Brisbane

Senior Business Analyst

$120,000

$130,000

$120,000

 

$115,000

$115,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$109,500

$109,000

Senior J2EE Architect

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

 

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$160,000

$120,000

$120,000

$140,000

n/a

$135,000

$128,500

$135,000

Senior Oracle Financials – Functional

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

 

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

 

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

 

$120,000

$114,000

$120,000

Senior  SAP – Functional

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

 

$140,000

$140,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000+

$150,000+

 

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

 

$130,000

$128,500

$135,000

Senior CIO/IT Director

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$205,000

$205,000

$205,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$250,000+

$250,000+

$250,000+

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

 

$190,000

$190,000

$200,000

Senior IT Manager

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$160,000

$170,000

$170,000

$170,000

 

$110,000

$109,500

$115,000

 


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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a 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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