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Friday, 18 December 2015 14:39

Tech jobs set to grow in 2016

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Continual growth in the tech job market and an increasing demand for those with strong IT security and networking skills is seen for 2016.

  • The latest quarterly Labour Force figures from the ABS reveal an increase of almost 10,000 more jobs across Information, Media & Telecommunications since September 2015.
  • Strong growth throughout 2015: 20,000 more jobs across Information, Media & Telecommunications since May.

Recruitment firm Robert Half says: “We are seeing continual growth in the tech job market and an increasing demand for those with strong skills in IT security and networking as companies continue to invest in building strong and secure business IT platforms for the future.

“The latest quarterly employment figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have revealed a sharp increase in Information, Media & Telecommunications jobs across Australia, with 20,000 new roles created between May 2015 to November 2015.

“The seasonally adjusted figures by the ABS show a 9% increase in the number of roles over the past six months. The increase follows a decline in the number of roles in the six months between November 2014 and May 2015.

“Across all sectors, the ABS’ latest Labour Force employment trends show that 293,000 more people were employed in November 2015 than in November 2014.”

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Andrew Morris, Director Robert Half said: “Demand for specialist roles in technology is expected to remain strong into 2016, as companies look to stay ahead of the game and invest in workforce talent that can assist them in delivering greater efficiencies while ensuring the security around their intellectual property.

“Besides well-developed technical skills - strengths in soft skills such as collaboration and communication is increasingly sought after as the nature of IT roles has changed and can often now be customer facing.

“The significant investment and commitment by both business and the government in fintech and the new digital economy has the potential to generate increasingly diverse roles and opportunities for the whole technology sector across Australia,” Morris concluded. 

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