The growth of BYOD, Cloud computing and mobility are creating new employment hotspots in the ICT jobs market, according to recruitment company and subsidiary of the ManpowerGroup, Experis.
After tracking demand for IT specialists in the first half of 2013, Experis found that the ICT jobs market is anticipated to pick up towards the year’s end, as these emerging technologies drive new employment opportunities.
Experis IT practice lead, Brent Leahy, said technology’s role in society has changed the way people work, and as a result, has led to growing demand for technology professionals with skills in these areas.
He claimed companies are looking to recruit IT workers with skills to help move them from the desktop to the Cloud, to mitigate risk and to take advantage of new technologies that will help them grow in the long-term.
“Overall, the employment market across IT has been relatively flat but stable this year. However, sentiment is shifting and the market will likely pick up in the next six to nine months,” he said.
However, Leahy mentioned that there is an ongoing shortage for highly skilled technical workers and those who understand emerging technologies.
He attributed a recent ManpowerGroup annual talent shortage survey, which found that 45 per cent of Australian employers are experiencing difficulty finding staff with the right skills, and that IT staff have remained in the top ten hardest to fill roles in Australia for the past three years.
“Sharepoint, SAP, Security and Sitecor developers are all in short supply. And there is always need for project managers, business analysts, and storage and network administrators or engineers.”
Leahy also said that demand for contract roles has become the new industry norm as companies move toward flexible workforces.
He claimed that has led to a polarisation of demand in the sector — where employers are either looking for very specialised candidates for particular projects, or general all-rounders.
“Candidates who can point to experience in a number of different industries and exposure to a variety of challenges, are increasingly attractive to employers taking on project based work,” he added.