Almost half of Australian technology leaders will look to increase create extra permanent technology positions within the next six months, according to the latest independent survey by Robert Half.
The specialist recruitment consultancy polled 100 chief information officers and chief technology officers in Australia, and found 41 per cent of executives will look to fill existing positions that open up in 2016 and only 1 per cent plan to reduce headcount.
Reasons behind increasing IT headcount included business expansion (54 per cent), new projects (43 per cent), service and product expansion (38 per cent) and IT risk and security (33 per cent).
Robert Half senior managing director for APAC, David Jones, claimed the focus for many businesses in 2016 lay strongly on generating growth. This translated into new technology projects and expansion of the services offered and system implementations.
“Technology advancements are driving business change, delivering growth and innovation across multiple sectors, prompting the need for additional IT talent. There is therefore a continued demand for specialist IT roles which is set to continue in 2016,” he added.
However, according to the survey results, recruiting highly skilled IT employees remained challenging with 93 per cent of chief information officers and chief technology officers reporting particular difficulty in hiring professionals skilled in database management (17 per cent), software development (15 per cent), networking (13 per cent) and security (11 per cent).
Survey results additionally highlighted that 87 per cent of chief information officers and chief technology officers are concerned about losing their top talent this year.
Jones added, “staff retention is a top priority for businesses today. The cost of replacing a skilled employee extends beyond the monetary aspect. Employers recognise that retaining key IT staff who have strong corporate knowledge and fit the culture of the company must be a priority if they want a competitive edge.”