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Monday, 07 July 2014 17:00

Keep up with market trends & skill demands, says ICT recruiter Featured

Rebecca Wallace, Launch Recruitment CEO & founder Rebecca Wallace, Launch Recruitment CEO & founder

Launch Recruitment’s Rebecca Wallace has a message for ICT professionals in the market for a job – “stay abreast of what’s going on in the IT market and keep your skills updated.”

Wallace, who is the CEO and founder of Launch, says the technology sector “moves so quickly” these days and candidates hoping to secure a job need to keep up to date with the changing demands for certain skills.

Wallace cites the example of cloud technology driving increasing demand for skills in that area. “There’s growing demand for cloud skills and an aggressive uptake of cloud technology by business. I expect that will continue.”

“The cloud industry is only at about $1billion-plus in Australia as part of total IT spending, but it’s growing and is predicted to double in the next 12 to 18 months. That will continue to drive even greater demand for cloud skills.

“Candidates need to be aware of where skills are most needed and also which skills are no longer needed, or in less demand, such as Unix system administrators.”  Wallace also notes that, although Unix skills may still be useful, there is a shift for a broader systems knowledge and popularity with Linux and Open Source skills.

“It depends on what your skill set is, whether those skills are in demand or out of demand, so my advice is to stay abreast of what’s going on and make sure your skills are up-to-date.”

According to Wallace, the Australian market is marginally behind the US and European markets in understanding and being aware of market trends and developing skills to match those trends.

In Australia, Wallace says there is currently high demand in the storage market for ICT professionals with the appropriate skills, not least of all because of the “dramatic increase” in data and the need to store that data.

On the ICT recruitment market, Wallace says many recruiters, including her own agency, are “doing quite well” with growing demand for technology professionals in a broad range of business and industry sectors.

Wallace says many businesses have their own internal recruitment teams, and these days the role of agencies like Launch is often to provide candidates for highly specialised roles, particularly where there may be a skills shortage in that area.

“It is about change in the way we work with our client base. We now have a broader client base, and we complement and value-add to our client’s internal resources by providing specialist skills, and sourcing candidates in the market they can’t necessarily source themselves.”

Launch Recruitment was opened eight years ago and has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The company now has 200 professionals on the payroll, including 25 recruiters and IT specialists providing full IT services for projects in various sectors, including telecommunications, energy and utilities, agri business and e-health.

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