Developers – There is a shortage of solid front end Developers for fulltime roles. Candidates with IOS and Android Native development skills are in most demand. There is also demand for .NET cross platform Developers with experience in HTML5, Azure or SQLAzure since many development solutions now have a web based API and are moving virtually.
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.
Senior Web Developers – Demand also exists at the senior level for candidates with good overall knowledge of web-based frameworks. Organisations are looking for candidates who can provide solutions and recommendations, rather than solely programming.
Agile – Candidates who have experience implementing Agile into more traditional environments are in high demand.
Architects – Employers are requesting Architects with specialist development skills, particularly BI architecture and Sharepoint architecture.
SharePoint Consultants - Candidates with mid to senior level skills and experience in Microsoft SharePoint as well as both technical and functional abilities are in demand. Organisations are looking for experienced candidates, often at the Consultant level, to share their skills and experience amongst their team.
IT Support Technicians - Helpdesk and service desk support candidates are in high demand to support internal users and offer longer hours of support.
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.
Cisco Wireless and RTLS - 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.
Application Packaging / SCCM – There are a large number of projects underway but given the shortage of quality packagers these skills are highly sought after.
Checkpoint Firewall Engineers – There is a shortage of quality candidates in the market.
Security Administrators – There is a shortage of suitable candidates with the required skill set. A lot of the available candidates are yet to secure certification, so skilled and certified professionals (CCSA/ CISSP) are in high demand. While in the past opportunities have been very niche, as the industry moves towards mobility demand has risen for security expertise.
Senior Engineers or Technical Managers – Candidates with Exchange to Gmail/Apps migration experience are sought as preference grows for the latter solution when it comes to a hosted landscape.
VMware & Citrix - These technologies remain in high demand and appear on nearly every infrastructure job specification as more companies embrace virtualised data centre management.
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.
Migration Engineers – Exchange 2013 has brought about a need for candidates with 2003/2007/2010 to 2013 migration expertise as well as familiarity with product suite knowledge.
Rollout /Deployment Engineers – As the support for Windows XP and Office 2003 has ended, employers are upgrading to Widows 7.
Microsoft technologies – Lync, Exchange, Hyper-V and Windows server 2012 skills are increasingly sought in job descriptions, since Microsoft integration is the most competitive in terms of functionality, performance and cost.
Project Coordinators and Project Schedulers – The continuing focus on project efficiency is creating vacancies for Project Coordinators to track projects and make sure they are delivered efficiently. Project Schedulers are also needed.
Software Implementation Consultants – People with training experience and onsite client experience with funds management software are in high demand.
Business Analysts – Several organisations are undergoing transformation programs or are preparing to deliver a range of projects. These organisations are looking for Business Analysts to undertake end to end duties and contribute to shaping business cases. In addition, candidates with skills in Business Intelligence are in demand as they provide greater value to an employer.
Project Managers – We are seeing demand for permanent Project Managers with specific industry experience. For instance, Project Managers with health industry experience and the ability to drive down costs are needed in the healthcare industry, while PMs with regulatory reporting experience are needed in the banking sector. Multi-skilled and hands-on Project Managers are also sought as they provide more value to employers. For example, Project Managers with a technical focus or specific skills in a particular system who can also work from end to end, from developing initial business cases through to implementation.
Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Developers/Analysts – We have seen an increased need for high level Business Intelligence with more sophisticated reporting in order to add value to management and business decisions.
Contract Business Analysts – We are seeing a need for Business Analysts to fill contract roles in the public sector as state governments outsource IT projects and thus require staff who can manage external vendors and suppliers.
Contract Project Managers – For similar reasons, contract Project Managers are needed. Again, employers need candidates who can manage external vendors and suppliers.
Virtualisation technologies - VMware and other virtualisation technologies are in high demand to enable virtual desktop infrastructure and set up for cloud hosting. Hyper-V and Server 2012 are attractive to smaller not-for-profit and government organisations due to the simple configuration and cost factors. In fact, any cloud experience is viewed very highly.
eCommerce experience – The public sector is looking for candidates with web based transactional experience in order to better interact with customers.
Integration Planners – As the government moves away from large systems to smaller off the shelf and modified systems, we are seeing demand for candidates with Commercial Off The Shelf software skills. With new clusters of government agencies being formed in NSW, we are seeing demand for technical integration and transition management expertise.
Data Centre Migration Engineers – Purpose build data centres are creating demand for Data Centre migration experts.
According to our 2014 Hays Salary Guide, out now, 37% of more than 2,500 employers surveyed plan to increase permanent staff levels in their IT department.
While employers often hold the view that there are a lot of candidates on the market, which there are, there is a shortage of candidates with specialist skills in the areas of demand. Given that many employers have a strict headcount budget, we expect roles to become even more specialised, which will drive this imbalance further.
In other trends, cultural fit has become increasingly important since employers want to secure a long-term team member. Thus when they recruit, most employers now place as much emphasis on cultural fit and soft skills as they do on the technical skills of a candidate.
While organisations are increasingly confident many are still recruiting contractors to trial a candidate before offering them a permanent role.
Temporary assignments remain the preference for project roles, and we are seeing more requests for short-term assignments of between one and three months, with a view to extending.
Within the public sector, voluntary redundancies have been offered and when employers need to recruit they are creating fixed-term assignments. While there are numerous good candidates available, the talent pool can dilute rapidly. Thus employers are advised to remain practical in their requirements and open to the high quality candidates who are available.
Given the approved $1.26 billion in ICT investments across 67 ICT-enabled measures in the 2014-15 budget, projects will commence in the future and this should impact positively on jobs.