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Information Technology

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Development

Developers – There is a shortage of solid front end Developers for full-time roles. Candidates with IOS and Android Native development skills are in most demand. .NET cross platform Developers with experience in HTML5, Azure or SQLAzure are also sought since many development solutions now have a web based API and are moving virtually. All businesses are seeing the importance of up-to-date online accessibility for customers, particularly on mobile devices.

Senior .Net Developers – Employers are also looking for senior candidates with strong technical skills and the ability to liaise with people at all levels of the business. Candidates need strong communication skills to interact, provide solutions and work closely with Business Analysts to define requirements.

Technical Architects – These professionals are sought after at the moment as companies are looking to employ fewer people, but still be able to provide their clients with end-to-end solutions from design to implementation. Employers are requesting Architects with specialist development skills, particularly in BI architecture and Sharepoint architecture.

Infrastructure

Network Engineers – Candidates are needed for permanent roles. Contract rates are significant, and as a result employers struggle to secure suitable candidates who have technical skills and are prepared to commit to a permanent role. Engineers with skills in wireless and/or voice are sought. Real Time Location Services technology is being implemented into wireless networks in a number of areas, such as in the oil and gas and mining industries, as well as in hospitals to track patients. This is fuelling a need for these skills.

Cloud specialists – With the big move towards Cloud infrastructure, organisations are looking for candidates who have experience with the relevant technologies such as Office 365, Azure or AWS.

Security Engineers – These Engineers are in high demand as cloud first policies are being pushed through in many organisations. Quality Security Engineers are rarely available and employers are offering highly competitive salaries to retain them. When these Engineers do come on to the market they are snapped up very quickly by system integrators. With the G20 summit being held in Brisbane in November there is an increasing demand for IT candidates with Federal Security Clearance. Employers are finding it challenging to fill these roles as this clearance is typically only held by ex/current defence employees or candidates working for the Federal Government in Canberra.

Systems Administrators – We are seeing increasing demand for Systems Administrators who can work on infrastructure upgrade and migration projects. Due to budget constraints, companies are constantly on the lookout for generalist System Administrators who are able to be adaptable and provide support in many areas.

Systems Engineers – Many organisations have started to look at cloud computing as a way of reducing costs, improving accessibility and increasing storage capacity. They are also beginning to look at and implement Office 365 (a cloud-based service) which enables access to MS Office tools from virtually any location and from nearly all devices. With Office 365 only being released in late June, we expect to see an increase in demand for this skill set.

Application Packaging/SCCM – Application Packagers are highly sought after due to the large number of projects currently underway. As Windows XP is no longer being supported, companies need to have their applications running on Windows 7.

IDAM – As organisations invest more in SaaS and mobile access, candidates who have specialised skills in designing, developing and implementing IDAM solutions are in high demand.

Cisco Voice Engineers – There continues to be a lack of candidates with strong design and architecture skills and Cisco CCVP or CCIE voice certifications. Demand comes from current projects. Employers are also looking for candidates with Juniper networking skills that can be used widely with Cisco networks.

Business

Business Analysts – Senior Business Analysts with particular domain experience continue to be in demand. Employers are looking not just for strong BA competency, but also for SME knowledge of the subject matter of a project. BAs without a depth of expertise in a particular industry or product are less in demand. Demand is particularly strong in the banking sector where business process improvement projects and system upgrades are ongoing.

Project Coordinators – Candidates with a focus on project governance are sought. The continuing focus on project efficiency is creating vacancies for Project Coordinators to track projects and make sure they are delivered efficiently.

Project Managers – Demand exists for candidates across a number of sectors. Project Managers with health industry experience are needed to work on current projects in the healthcare industry. PMs with regulatory reporting experience are needed in the banking sector in response to strong super and APRA based reporting. And delivery focused, hands-on Project Managers who can dive deep when required to get a project over the line are valued highly. Finally, there are a significant number of projects in HR and payroll that require
experienced PMs.

Public sector

IT Support Technicians – Helpdesk and service desk support candidates are in high demand to support internal users and offer longer hours of support. With the release of Windows 8 we expect to see companies rolling this operating system out in the months ahead. Also, organisations are focussing on how they can improve their incident and problem management systems and are looking into implementing tools such as ITIL.

SharePoint Consultants – Candidates with mid to senior level skills in Microsoft SharePoint are in demand. Organisations are looking for experienced candidates, often at the Consultant level, to share their skills and experience amongst their team.

Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Developers/Analysts – We have seen an increased need for Analysts who can provide high level business intelligence reports. This more sophisticated reporting can add value to management and business decisions.

Business Analysts - In a localised trend, South Australia has seen a rapid increase in demand for BAs driven by a major program of work.

Virtualisation technologies – Candidates with skills in VMware and other virtualisation technologies are in high demand as they can help establish virtual desktop infrastructure and set up cloud hosting capabilities. Hyper-V and Server 2012 are attractive to smaller not-for-profit and government organisations as they are cost effective and relatively simple to configure. Any cloud experience is highly regarded as Office 365 is being used widely.

Trends

We are seeing a consistent flow of project related contract work for Business Analysts, Project Managers and Project Coordinators, predominately in the public sector.

In infrastructure, candidates who have solid knowledge across a number of technologies, as opposed to specialist knowledge with a particular technology, are sought. The common trend is for companies to hire infrastructure generalists who can cover areas such as desktop support, server implementations, database administration and scripting. These candidates are in demand as companies are able to employ a smaller team but can be confident that all bases are covered.

Within project delivery Business Project Managers, Senior Business Project Managers and Business Project Directors are in more demand than their technology specific counterparts. There continues to be reasonable demand for PMs with strong digital/online project delivery experience.

Developers who have broader skills in front and back end development across Java/.NET, including mobile technologies, are sought. Employers are taking longer during the interviewing process and offering more permanent roles than contract in this space. SMEs are offering bigger salaries for talented individuals who have key skills.

There is a shortage of front end Developers in Australia as well as front and back end Java specialists. From a Business Analyst and Project Manager perspective, employers currently have a strong preference for permanent and fixed-term hires.

In the public sector we are seeing an increase in permanent roles as government agencies now have fewer restrictions when purchasing IT services and are therefore approaching private companies for IaaS and SaaS. Contracting is still preferred and it is a competitive market for jobseekers. We advise candidates to tailor their search and focus on the experience they have gained in the last 12 months to show that their skills are up to date.
 

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