Australia’s IT recruitment market remains highly active, with increased permanent recruitment intentions within project services a key feature. Software development is also seeing increased permanent recruitment activity as organisations act to retain IP.
Within the project services space we are seeing a high level of activity across the whole project lifecycle, leading to rising vacancy activity. There is a lot of activity in the public sector as well as the managed services and software space.
In an interesting trend, more commercial employers are adopting flexible working options in an effort to attract a wider range of candidates.
12-month fixed-term contracts on a salary continue to be offered by employers. We are also seeing instances of candidates negotiating their initial hourly or daily rates before committing to longer-term contracts.
Employers are increasingly willing to offer high salaries to good candidates and move quickly once a hiring decision has been made.
When they recruit, the focus from employers is on candidates with relevant local experience. Employers also look for candidates with potential, viewing personality and cultural fit highly. Communication and customer service skills are sought too, especially for roles in the IT support space.
Experience within a large-scale environment is also viewed highly since few employers are willing to take a chance on people who wish to transition from a small to a large environment.
Skills in demand
In terms of skills in demand for the October to December 2015 quarter, we’re seeing high demand for Security Engineers. In response to the increasing levels of security threats, including data theft and virus risks, businesses of all sizes are looking to secure their systems and information. The increase in security is also the result of wireless trends and businesses opting for cloud based solutions. Cloud computing looks set to continue given its cost efficiency and storage benefits, and therefore candidates in this space will also be in high demand.
.Net Web Developers with both MVC and also Web Forms are also sought. Employers using Web Forms are looking to move to MVC, but still have high volume work requirements forcing them to postpone their transition.
Senior Developers with software architecture and design experience are another area of demand. Employers have a preference for .Net Web and MVC skills. Senior Developers with additional experience assisting on the business side with bigger picture software strategies have also been highly sort after, particularly by organisations that have less mature technical environments.
DevOps Engineers are another area of demand. Classical Systems Engineers with programming or scripting experience are needed to assist with automation deployment.
VMware Horizon View/VDI Engineers are also sought. Enterprise grade customers are looking for candidates who can centrally deliver desktop services from the cloud.
SharePoint Administrators are needed due to ongoing natural turnover. Centralised knowledge in-house for this doc management platform creates ongoing requirements.
SCCM Engineers are an ongoing area of need since this is a his popular systems management tool.
Business Analysts are in high demand in the project services space thanks to a high level of activity across the whole project lifecycle. So too are Project Managers for software houses and consultancies, and Change Managers in financial services.
In terms of candidate trends, IT professionals are increasingly adept at initiating and maintaining professional relationships with recruiters. Many are also focused on career development and are looking for an employer that offers long-term career progression.