Rollout and Deployment Engineers – Given that Windows XP support is expiring this quarter (April 2014), there is a need for candidates who can assist with updates from Windows XP to 7.
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.
Application support – Demand exists for candidates with strong communications skills. New bespoke government applications have been commissioned and require technical candidates with strong business and stakeholder skills.
Project Managers – We are seeing an upsurge in vacancies for Website Applications Project Managers as universities tackle online education delivery. Meanwhile, PMs with specific skills in systems implementations or technical backgrounds such as mobile communications are also in high demand.
Business Analysts – Demand exists for Business Analysts with technical skills either in systems such as SharePoint or knowledge such as data management. We are also seeing a need for BAs in the education sector as IT now holds more influence when it comes to commercial and strategic decision making in the university sector. Increasingly, online learning systems have increased competition for domestic universities, who are now focusing on their own online learning programs to retain students and attract new potential future alumni. Social media, interactive web content and viral marketing are also important to universities. Thus IT professionals are highly valued in the university sector.
Microsoft BI / Data Warehousing – This demand is mostly Microsoft based. Additional reporting is required, including more detailed dashboards for better business information. This has created demand for Microsoft BI and Data Warehousing experts, as well as for SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) software skills.
Employers remain in the driving seat of Australia’s IT public sector jobs market. However while there are numerous good candidates available, the talent pool can dilute rapidly in response to unrealistic employer expectations. Thus employers are advised to remain practical in their requirements and open to the high quality candidates who are available.
Often, employers are looking for very specific niche experience. As a result the hiring decision can come down to individual systems experience or background within a certain industry or technology.
While contract and temporary assignments are the focus, over the past two months we have seen more confidence and a desire for stability, which is leading to two-year fixed-term contracts and even some permanent job offers.
Many positions continue to have a service orientation. Given outsourcing, service delivery professionals are sought as organisations look to keep costs down but maintain technical IP and knowledge of their infrastructure so there is no miscommunication between supplier and customer.