Business Analysts – Candidates with strong documentation, elicitation and stakeholder engagement skills are in demand due to new and existing projects needing to be re-visited in the lead up to project delivery for end of financial year. When systems are upgraded or replaced they require BAs who can engage with their staff and gather requirements before providing solutions.
Automation Testers – These specialists are required to support the inception of new application roll outs.
SCOM/SCCM Engineers – These skills are sought to deploy applications and support Government wide roll outs of Windows 7 upgrades.
SharePoint Administrators – There is a shortage of quality administrators available in the market to help upgrade projects and increase usability.
Infrastructure Architects – These professionals are hired to work on migrations and upgrades of enterprise environments across a broad range of platforms and technologies.
Project Managers – More Government roles are being created for these professionals. However there is a shortage of core PMs in areas such as web projects and education.
Technical PMs & BAs for ecommerce/ebusiness – Public sector organisations are utilising mobile applications to communicate with their customers.
SAP specialists – These professionals are in demand as there are several large SAP programs in the public sector.
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. In general, state governments are beginning to upgrade to SQL Server 2012 and are utilising its Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing capabilities more and more.
MS SharePoint 2013 – Coupled with this, SharePoint 2013 is also being rolled out and favoured within state and local government. Many plans and projects are still yet to be signed off, but major work is earmarked for 2014.
Helpdesk and Desktop Support – Demand has remained steady because this is a high volume and high turnover area with many 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. Candidates with a varied skill set that can undertake tasks from basic level 1 support to desktop and server support are in demand. With new releases and technologies such as Windows 8, Office 365 and Windows Server 2012, candidates that have this experience will only become more in demand.
The market for information and communication technology (ICT) contractors has been steady. Whilst it isn't a buoyant market there are enough projects underway that have lead to a consistent demand for high calibre ICT professionals at competitive prices.
Most roles are project based and are therefore contract roles. Strict procurement rules and processes within government are being audited, resulting in delays to hiring decisions.
The South Australian government election in March is delaying hiring in the state. Many organisations don't expect an increase in demand until after the election.