Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:38

Business confidence up, jobs demand increases in ICT sector Featured

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The jobs outlook for ICT professionals is strengthening month to month as both government and private sector employers express confidence in the year ahead.

According to the latest ICT Salary and employment Index from recruitment firm Peoplebank, the ICT jobs market has bounced into gear after the seasonal January lull, which it says reflects predictions that 2015 will be another big year for technology investments.

According to Peoplebank CEO Peter Acheson, since the Christmas-January lull the ICT market has grown strongly in all mainland States except Queensland, and leading government and enterprise organisations are expressing strong levels of business confidence as they push ahead with key projects, especially around their continued digital transformation.

"In fact, employers in NSW, VIC and even SA have commented that they're seeing real potential for their organisations in 2015 - and in fact are busier than overall measures of market confidence would suggest."

"We're taking this to mean that there are pockets of resurgent business activity - and that companies are prioritising technology investments - such as strengthening their capacity to analyse data - that give them a competitive edge."

With the resurgence, Acheson says demand is outstripping supply for ICT professionals with skills in digital technologies, especially in Victoria, which currently has around 30% more roles available than at this time in 2014, the ACT, where demand is at its highest point in 18 months, in New South Wales and South Australia.

And, according to Peoplebank, demand in Western Australia is climbing steadily, while the Queensland market remains subdued as it struggles to replace mining sector investment to generate growth.

The Peoplebank survey reveals that within the tech sector, demand has been strongest for professionals with cloud and digital skills, as well as for Data Analysts and Data Scientists - there are also open roles for mobile platform developers,  Project Managers and Business Analysts.

“Interestingly, there have been some pockets of demand for infrastructure skills as organisations expand their overall capacity,” Acheson says.

Acheson also notes that while the outlook for ICT professionals is very positive this year, there is as yet no pressure on salaries and rates, outside of the most in-demand digital skills areas.

He says demand is being met from the local skills pool, which is being supplemented by former expatriates returning to Australia, bringing with them deep experience drawn from major international projects.

"For the short term, the opportunity for ICT professionals is to get involved with the major projects underway, to sharpen their skills and learn from those with deep experience in the field. Doing so will bring benefits to local professionals - and to Australia's ICT skills pool."

 

Capital City Salary Rates (for permanent 

Row 1 - March 2015,  Row 2 - Jan 2014,  Row 3 - March 2013

Position

Sydney

ACT

Melbourne

Brisbane

 

Perth

Adelaide

Senior Business Analyst

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$115,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

Senior J2EE Architect

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$120,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$145,000

$135,000

$128,500

$140,000

$140,000

n/a

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

Senior Oracle Financials – Functional

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$125,000

$100,000

$100,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

Senior  SAP – Functional

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000+

Senior CIO/IT Director

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$205,000

$205,000

$205,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$190,000

$190,000

$190,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$240,000

$240,000

$250,000+

Senior IT Manager

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$120,000

$120,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$110,000

$110,000

$110,000

$170,000

$170,000

$170,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

Web Developers

$900/day

$640/day

$800/day

-

-

-

Data Scientists

$900/day

$800/day

-

-

-


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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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