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Information Technology

January - March 2015

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Hotspots

 

Development

Developers – Front end Developers are currently highly sought after for full-time roles as all businesses are seeing the importance of up-to-date online accessibility for customers, particularly on mobile devices. Demand is strongest for candidates with IOS and Android Native development skills. .NET cross platform Developers with experience in HTML5, Azure or SQL Azure are also sought since many development solutions now have a web based API and are moving virtually. Candidates who can use Xamarin mobile application software for cross platform app development are also sought after.

 

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

 

Technical Architects – Companies are looking to employ fewer people but still want to 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. 

 

SharePoint Developers These professionals are very much in demand. In addition, experienced UAT (User Acceptance Testing) specialists who are willing to relocate are highly sought after in Adelaide.

 

Graduate Developers As employers try to reduce costs they are looking at recruiting people at a lower level. Interstate candidates who are looking for their first role and are

willing to accept a lower salary can find opportunities in Adelaide.

 

Infrastructure

Cloud specialists As companies move towards Cloud infrastructure, organisations are looking for candidates who have experience with the relevant technologies such as Office 365, Azure or AWS. Those with skills in virtualisation tools such as Hyper-V and Citrix are also in demand.

 

Security Engineers – 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.

 

Systems Engineers As cloud computing is seen by many organisations as a way of reducing costs, improving accessibility and increasing storage capacity, Systems Engineers are highly sought after. We have seen an increase in opportunities predominantly within managed IT service providers, as employers look to outsource their infrastructure. In addition, VM Ware skills are highly regarded.

 

Business

Business Analysts – Mid to senior level Business Analysts with particular domain experience continue to be in demand. A steady increase in project activity is creating this demand, both within the commercial and public sectors. 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 Managers – Candidates with health industry experience are needed to work on current projects in the healthcare industry.  PMs with regulatory reporting experience are also 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.

 

Public sector

Business Analysts Demand for Business Analysts is expected to remain high as organisations continue to seek process improvement efficiencies and upgrade systems. This will also be true for Business Analysts with specific system expertise including SharePoint, and those who can truly engage with the business and elicit requirements.

 

Project Managers We also anticipate the demand for Project Managers to increase as new systems are implemented and upgraded.

 

SharePoint specialists – Employers are seeking a variety of SharePoint skills in one resource, from configuration and implementation of solutions to SharePoint system administration tasks.

 

Data Analysts – These specialists are required to support IT systems and business groups with MS Office based technology and mostly need technical skills in Excel data and Access databases.

 

 

Trends

 

Employers are currently more focused on hiring full-time staff than contractors. However, many have not yet adapted to the high demand for Web Developers and are offering salaries well below current salary ranges. For example, experienced Web Developers are now receiving salaries starting at $100,000 plus super. Also, employers need to accelerate their recruitment process to be able to secure the right talent or they will be forced to hire the second-tier candidates rejected by their competitors.

 

We expect steady or increased demand across a number of areas, especially for highly skilled candidates. While there has been an increase in confidence over the last couple of quarters, cost control remains a big feature and many organisations have been opting to employ staff on fixed-term contracts.

 

Others however are hiring permanent staff.

 

In a local trend, in Western Australia local government departments are experiencing structural changes due to amalgamations, and we therefore expect to see an increase in IT spending in the coming months.

 

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