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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 16:16

Too many chiefs, not enough Indians


By the end of last year Australia had around 700 too many ICT managers, and 2,700 too few ICT professionals. It's the classic case of too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

The Clarius Skills Index for Computing Professionals is a measure of the skills-demand balance in Australia which is conducted for listed recruitment business Clarius by KPMG Econotech.

The December 2011 index which has just been released features some significant changes in terms of the way the index has been generated. The index now also splits up ICT managers, ICT professionals and ICT and telecommunications technicians into three separate groups rather than the previous 'ICT professionals' portmanteau description.

It then analyses Australian Bureau of Statistics and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations data regarding unemployment rates and job advertisements.

An index of 100 represents perfect skills-demand balance where figures above 101 are considered to indicate skills shortages.

The December quarter index for ICT professionals stood at 101.3, for ICT and telecommunications technicians at 97.7 and for ICT managers was 98.5.

Despite the oversupply of ICT managers and technicians the report notes that; 'Various industry sectors continue to have strong demand for IT services, particularly government, the entertainment industry, telecoms, utilities and mining.'

But what about the banks? Read on...

However it acknowledges that recent bank job cuts will have an impact on some major IT projects, with some projects actually being mothballed until the economy picks up.

According to Commentary from Candle, which is the ICT recruitment division of the Clarius Group; 'Caution is everything, an increase in contract roles for the banks is now likely because they are obviously letting go many permanent staff and will realise they will need to keep some people on contracts."

Project managers and people with .Net skills are in high demand as are people with experience in cloud computing, data warehousing, security specialists and database managers.

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