The number of IT job ads jumped 5 per cent in February in a result that beat the national jobs market average for all industries, according to the latest index results.
Advantage Professionals director, Robert Olivier, said the rise was year-on-year improvement of 8.37 per cent. This was better than the market average, which rose by 4.57 per cent in the month and 1.45 per cent year-on-year.
Olivier claimed the renewed strength of IT jobs was here to stay. Next month would see a further rise of up to 5 per cent.
“It is certainly not the strongest, but it’s playing catch up,” he said. “Last month we had 8.11 per cent rise.”
“It’s just not as volatile as other sectors.”
According to Olivier, Victoria performed well and rose by 6.41 per cent. This was a better result than NSW (4.21 per cent). The strongest jump came in WA (16.82 per cent).
Olivier said the volume of IT jobs in the mining-dominated state was relatively low.
Software development job ads were up 4.6 per cent and made up 35 per cent of all IT-related ads. Management and sales was up 5.82 per cent.
The figures coincide with a recent Hudson report, which said 41.8 per cent of all employers plan to hire permanent IT staff between April and June.