Jeff Knowles, acting CEO of Peoplebank said that despite the WA rises it was unlikely salaries offered to IT staff on the West coast would ever outrun those offered on the Eastern seaboard, as Sydney and Melbourne were where most of the big IT jobs were located. Nevertheless he said; 'WA was the last one into the GFC, and the first out,' which was leading to salary increases in Perth and surrounds.
Two out of five IT job categories on offer in WA has enjoyed a salary or contract rate increase in the first three months of the year, according to Knowles who is standing in as CEO while regular Peoplebank boss Peter Acheson completes a management course at Harvard in the US.
Knowles predicted that the increase for skills seen during the first quarter of the year in WA, would likely be mirrored in the Eastern states this quarter. Key skills currently in demand are contract workers with expertise in banking projects, business analysis, project management and Web 2.0.
Although most of the skills being sought by organisations were still being found in Australia, Knowles said that some niche skills demands were being filled by people on 457 visas. Peoplebank has forecast a period of volatility as skills churn takes hold, with employees or contractors who had their salaries frozen during the economic slowdown now seek out fresh opportunities.