.NET Developers – Employers are looking for candidates with exposure to Sitecore CMS given increased demand for digital marketing solutions. Developers must be certified to access the Sitecore portal and this is often a prerequisite when applying for roles. Some organisations without the budget to recruit a Sitecore Developer compromise by recruiting candidates with non-Sitecore CMS experience and paying for them to become certified.
UX Designers/Front End Developers – The continued investment in digital solutions, often housed outside IT in marketing departments, has seen a continued need for UX Designers/Front End Developers.
Business Intelligence – Given the ongoing buzz around ‘big data’ and companies increasingly looking to use data to gain a competitive advantage, there has been an ongoing requirement for BI Analysts and BI Reports Developers (Cognos, SQL Server and SAP).
Test Analysts – We have seen a recent increase in demand for TA’s from the banking sector in response to an increase in project work. While there are a number of available candidates the specific requirements of employers, such as domain specific experience, results in a shortage of suitable candidates.
Applications Support – This is a niche area for which we are seeing consistent demand due to the lack of qualified and experienced Application Support professionals.
PCI DSS – A growing range of organisations are handling large volumes of credit card transactions, which is increasing the need for candidates with strong PCI compliance knowledge.
Citrix – We have seen increased demand for specialists in the networking, server and desktop virtualisation space; Citrix skills are in particular demand.
Helpdesk Operators – Employers are looking for Helpdesk Operators with good technical knowledge and excellent customer service skills, which is a combination that is always difficult to find.
Systems Engineers – Given the wide variety of technologies available, Systems Engineers are in higher demand, but also shorter supply.
Infrastructure Engineers – IT consultancies are adding to their engineering teams in order to cater to the increasing number of businesses that need specialist support. A number are also completely outsourcing all their IT.
Cisco VOIP – There is constant demand in this area since mobile phone use is almost universal and a skills shortage for appropriate talent exists.
SCCM, Windows XP to 7 Deployments – Since Microsoft stopped supporting XP there has been a huge demand as organisations are forced to move to Windows 7.
Business Analysts – Candidates with true agile experience are in short supply.
Project Managers – As spending increases more Government roles are being created for these professionals. However there is a shortage of core PMs.
Senior IT staff with transformational experience – The public sector is looking for senior candidates who can look at costs and make transformational change in response to current economic conditions.
SCCM 2007/2012 – These skills are sought to deploy applications and support Government wide roll outs of Windows 7 upgrades.
Business Analysts – Candidates with web based implementation and upgrade experience are in high demand to upgrade and develop websites for greater useability
Voice & Data Engineers – Demand exists in the multi-vendor environment for Voice & Data Engineers as agencies upgrade their core networks.
BI and Data Warehouse Professionals – Given the ongoing requirement to develop and support applications that use reporting and analytics capabilities, we are seeing high demand for BI and Data Warehouse Professionals.
Change & Release Professionals – Organisations and agencies are running large programmes of change and releasing new technologies into existing environments to increase efficiencies. As a result change professionals are needed.
Helpdesk and Desktop Support – Demand has remained steady because this is a high volume area with high turnover and a high rate of internal promotions. Therefore these roles constantly require backfilling. In addition, there continues to be a strong focus on providing excellent customer service and as a result organisations are looking for adequate staff to fill these roles.
Java Analyst Programmers – We have seen high activity from a major government department replacing a Java software enhancement team.
Java Developers – Within some of the large public sector organisations there are Java requirements at various levels from Programmers to Java Team Leaders as a result of major team structural changes.
Technical Business Analysts – Increased pressure to streamline business processes has led to additional demand for Business Analysts with a process improvement focus.
Hiring intentions are mixed. Some organisations are focusing on temporary and contract roles, while others are moving back into permanent recruitment now that the federal election is over.
Within infrastructure employers are very specific in their requirements and feel that they have a large pool of candidates to choose from.
Within development employers are looking for all-round consultancy Developers as opposed to a pure Developer who is solely responsible for writing lines of code.
Within business the focus on recruiting specialist resources remains, with a low degree of flexibility.
Employer confidence in the public sector has been positive. The drive to be more productive and efficient through technology will see continued investment in IT.
For all roles employers want candidates with specialist skills. As a result, good generalist candidates find it far more challenging to secure their next position.