According to Thomson, Finite's permanent recruitment fees continue to recover well, to be up by 42 percent for the year and with IT contracting and consulting revenues growing by 24 percent.
'The two speed economy seems to summarise things well with hiring in QLD, WA and to a lesser extent SA, continuing to surge on the back of the commodities boom, but with NSW and VIC definitely slowing in line with consumer sentiment.'
According to Thomson, the ACT remains a bright spot with Federal Government IT spend continuing and 'IT executive hiring also remained buoyant throughout the year.'
Looking forward, Thomson believes the current hiring pattern is likely to continue in the short to medium term, but with some sectors being 'more impacted than others by further gloomy news from abroad, or if a new Federal election is called soon.'
However, Thomson says the impact of the NBN Co roll-out remains a very positive prospect for the ICT industry generally.
Thomson also says that candidate salary/rate expectations in NSW and VIC are only starting to re-align with a less optimistic outlook, and she expects these to level off in the coming months, with the exception of some continuing high demand skill sets.
'Luckily, Australia's economy remains as a stand-out performer, which obviously bodes well. It's probably a case of let's wait and see for now and hope for the best.'