Upgrades drive IT employment boom

Upgrades drive IT employment boom

The latest statistics from Drake IT Recruiting show that IT job generation continued to rise in the April June quarter with an increase of 2.3 per cent in the number of employment opportunities created.

According to Drake's national research, 29 per cent of organisations expect to be hiring IT staff over the next three months, while only 3.3 per cent said they were planning to cut back on staff.

The forecast also claimed ACT, Queensland and WA are closing in on Victoria, NSW and SA when it comes to employment activity. Latest figures suggest that 45 per cent of ACT's IT sector is in hiring mode, while both WA and Queensland are poised to lift employment by 6 per cent, up to 1000 and 1500 positions respectively.

Despite the introduction of IBM's call centre project, which is tipped to generate 800 jobs across the Asia-Pacific region, the mainstay of increased employment remains ongoing computer upgrades, according to the findings.

Drake officials claim that while Y2K modification is on the one hand increasing employment levels, it is also acting as a ceiling with major organisations reluctant to spend big on major installations until after the year 2000.

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