Tuesday, 03 February 2015 12:41

New staff hirings up as IT jobs market set to ‘take off’ Featured

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The jobs outlook for IT professionals looks considerably brighter for this year after a relatively flat 2014, with a newly published report showing that new staff hirings in the technology/digital sector are on the rise.

According to the latest survey by specialist technology recruitment firm Greythorn, industries requiring digital IT professionals will drive growth in 2015, with signs of a return to a “candidate-driven” market.

The good news is that employers, according to Greythorn, are not just replacing headcount, but hiring new staff to meet increased workloads and for project specific assignments.

Greythorn underpins its buoyant outlook by naming the Technology/Digital sector as one of the Top 10 IT Skill Sets for 2015, and says the industry is “set to take off” with 48% of managers expecting an increase in headcount, mainly due to increased workload (38%) and expansion/acquisition (24%).

The predictions of an increase in hirings over the course of this year “comes as no surprise” to Greythorn given Gartner’s predictions of digital business disrupting IT in 2015. “Increased workload in this sector is likely due to the anticipated growth in mobility driven by the demand for portable devices, including wearables, and the accompanying need to provide a quality customer experience across mobile platforms”.

Greythorn surveyed over 600 IT hiring managers, and says that the IT sector as a whole will continue to grow this year, with 31% of managers looking to increase their team size in the next 12 months.

“2015 signals a change for IT recruitment as the market is set to become more candidate-
driven than in recent years, particularly within areas of high skill demand,” says Richard Fischer,
Managing Director, Greythorn.

“Coupled with this Greythorn’s survey showed 67% of managers believe recruitment lead times have increased yet again, with internal processes being the main culprit. Speed to hire is a significant competitive advantage and I would recommend businesses looking to hire streamline these processes or risk missing out on in-demand candidates.”

Greythorn reveals that within the Government, Defence and Public Safety sector expected hiring is 29% up year on year, with increases mainly due to project specific (57%) work as well as an increased workload (29%). Any decreases in this sector are being attributed to budget adjustments.

The jobs outlook in the Financial and Insurance Services industry for IT professionals is not so bright, with Greythorn saying we can expect to see more staff leaving than joining, with only 27% of managers citing headcount increases, while 46% predicted decreases.

According to hiring managers in the Financial and Insurance Services sector, IT staff will be let go due to end of projects (36%) and positions being outsourced overseas (29%). Greythorn says that those staff that do join will be doing so thanks to project specific reasons (54%) and will likely fall within the digital and mobility skill sets as retail banks lead the way for mobilisation in Australia.

There’s little movement in hiring predicted for the Education and Training sector, with Greythorn expecting it will remain largely unchanged in 2015, with 48% of those surveyed predicting no change in headcount, and only 15% seeing an increase in the coming year, due to project specific assignments and expansion/acquisition.


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Peter Dinham

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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