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Experts: IT jobs down but some hotspots remain

Experts: IT jobs down but some hotspots remain

SAP professionals and IT risk specialists among the lucky few

IT jobs remain depressed but certain categories are still in high demand, according to a recent report.

The Kelly Services Market Wrap from jobs agency, Kelly Executive, shows significant recruitment drops in IT solutions providers in the SME category with most firms reporting staff losses.

The information clashes with recent claims by the Olivier Job Index that the IT job market is on the up and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data showing the unemployment rate steady at 5.8 per cent this month.

“There’s a lot of positive sentiment being drummed up by the Government itself, but you need to understand with regards to the unemployment calculations they use, my understanding is that it’s people that have registered with Centrelink and stuff like that so it doesn’t really take into consideration white collar employment as such,” Kelly Executive’s principal consultant for the IT&T practice, Kushal Wijesundera, said.

Project managers are also being hit hard, with highly experienced laid off contractors looking to small projects for employment.

“I’ve had senior project managers with excess of 25 years experience who’ve managed projects worth in excess of $100 million now willing to take projects worth a couple of grand in size and willing to take huge pay cuts as well,” Wijesundera said.

Although he felt the market is improving, Wijesundera claims it will not recover until mid-2010 as many companies are holding off creating new IT projects.

“What you’re finding is a lot of companies are being a bit more cost conscious with regards to IT spending but the projects which were in the pipeline are very much going,” he said.

But some bright spots remain in the IT industry, with SAP professionals and IT risk associated professionals finding plenty of jobs.

“The requirement for SAP professionals is hugely driven by the utlitities sector and there are a fair few projects that were committed about a year ago," he said. "And it’s still quite hard to find a really good SAP individual.”


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