Project Managers – We are seeing high demand for Project Managers with Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing experience in response to the increase in analytics based projects. Also sought are Project Managers with good banking regulatory compliance experience as banks seek to deliver Government led regulatory reform.
Scrum Masters – These specialists are required by certain banks to implement better Agile Project methodologies.
PMO Managers – Managers who can implement better reporting and project governance that allows organisations to reduce project costs of delivery are in demand.
Business Analysts – Well rounded Business Analysts who have worked across Agile and Waterfall based projects are in demand as organisations look for candidates who can be deployed across a number of projects.
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.
Systems Engineers - Virtualisation – Businesses are looking for individuals capable of migrating physical servers to a virtual environment in order to reduce costs. Managed service providers are continuing to see success.
Network Security Engineers – Large corporations are engaging in data centre relocation and engineers are required to help with any migrations. For example, firewall platform migration such as Cisco to Check Point.
Certified Server and Network Engineers –There is constant demand for either Server or Network Engineers. Candidates with skills in both areas combined at a high level of experience are particularly sought after, but need certification in both skills. Organisations are looking to reduce costs by employing candidates with both skills.
Cisco Network Engineers – There is a lack of skills and expertise for Engineers who are voice or wireless focused.
Systems/Network Engineers - Automation – High level programming skills are required for businesses looking to simplify current environments and push toward 'zero touch' infrastructure.
IT Managers – There has been a recent trend towards bringing IT back in-house after outsourcing for years. This has resulted in demand for IT Managers who can make high-level decisions and manage network/server infrastructure.
Quality/Security Managers – These managers are required to roll out ISO(27001) standards and help communicate and manage cultural change in increasingly regulated environments.
Security Engineers/Managers – IT managers of small to medium size enterprises who are comfortable delivering both projects and queries at a base level are in demand. These professionals should also have experience dealing with senior management issues.
C# and C++ Software Engineers – Recent approval for defence projects has seen demand rise for these Software Engineers.
SharePoint and Microsoft BI Developers – Quality developers are sought in response to increasing demand for quality management information, yet there is a shortage of suitable talent.
Programmers - A few niche SMEs are in the market for Programmers with specific backgrounds.
SCCM/Application Packages – With Windows XP support finishing in March, companies are moving to Win 7 and SCCM as it is the easiest way to deploy the desktop SOE.
IOS and Android Developers – There is a strong demand for these Developers to meet demand from companies creating mobile applications.
Content Management Implementation – A number of government bodies are planning on improving and upgrading their content management systems.
.Net Developers – .Net is the most sought after programming language due to its popularity in-house.
PHP Developers – There is also consistently strong demand for PHP development skills at various levels. The feedback from employers has indicated this trend will increase this year.
Applications Developers – Both large and small companies are using in-house applications and require customized versions that suit their own needs. There is particularly high demand for Developers who have the experience in developing ad hoc applications.
Active Directory – Many companies use this package, even those that run a suite of bespoke, industry related software. Candidates need to have experience in resetting passwords through to setting up group policies.
Windows 7/8 roll out experience – Windows XP is not going to be supported by Microsoft from the start of 2014. Employers have been upgrading to 7 or 8 in order to protect themselves from viruses.
Exchange 2010 – Again, many companies use this to support their emails. The newest version, Exchange 2013, is not yet popular and therefore 2010 is the most sought after version. 2007 is gradually being replaced in companies so candidates with migration experience are sought after.
MS Server 2003 and 2008 – 2008 is the main server used by companies although some still run on 2003. Migration of these servers has been a sought after skill and some employers are now upgrading to 2012.
Customer Service – This is the first skill all companies ask for as the consensus is that they can teach technical capabilities but they can’t teach people how to remain calm under pressure and not react to irate people. A clear, articulate telephone manner and polite demeanour are essential.
The financial services IT sector remains active, with a particular need for compliance business knowledge alongside core BA skills. This has resulted in the continued hiring of contractors and fixed-term resources. Rates and salaries have remained unchanged with only Agile/Scrum based experience commanding higher pay at the senior end of the market.
Outside of financial services, some industry leaders are looking to streamline their IT departments and domestic and overseas outsourcers are taking on new Australian clientele, causing the candidate market to swell.
As such, hiring managers are becoming less willing to be flexible on long job specifications and often wait longer before selecting candidates. With heightened competition, candidates should be taking more time to prepare for interview and making sure their CV is relevant.
Employers are most interested in candidates with a broad skill sets across IT infrastructure and first class resumes and presentation skills. Those candidates with high-level programming and automation experience are particularly in demand.
Contract roles have been a key focus as they can offer value quickly to projects. Niche skills such as TIBCO Developers and Magento for Web Development have been in demand.
However we now expect to see more permanent roles with a focus on keeping talent once the market picks up.