The IT jobs market has shifted away from favouring employers as demand for wide-ranging software and solution skill sets heats up, a new report claims.
According to the Hays Information Technology Quarterly Report, the number of permanent jobs available in Australia is rising over April-June, driven by a significant movement of people changing jobs.
In a statement, Hays regional director, Peter Noblet, said employers needed to move quickly through the recruitment process to ensure they secured permanent candidates. Although demand is up, employers hadn’t adjusted recruitment timelines and criteria to cope with the change.
“Despite a desire to recruit, some employers remain fairly prescriptive in their permanent staff requirements. Some still believe an abundance of candidates is available. Some also expect more for their money,” he stated. “Consequently, they are interviewing extensively to try to locate a level of candidate that is not realistically attainable for the salary on offer.”
However, Noblet noted a willingness to train staff, along with hiring technically-capable overseas candidates, as indicative of the more buoyant market.
The Hays report stated several candidates were not yet willing to leave their current roles but wanted to see what the market could offer them. Consequently, there was a shortage of local quality candidates available and suitable for the roles on offer. Top quality candidates actively seeking their next role were also often receiving multiple offers and had started asking for salary increases.
Among the hot list of skills are expertise in application implementation around Oracle 11G, IBM Websphere and Microsoft Office Communication Server, SharePoint and SQL Reporting, Web-based and .Net platforms. On the infrastructure side, Hays flagged Cisco voice engineers and VMware certified individuals, as well as Cisco networking engineers in the government sector.
A raft of business-oriented software and solution skills are also in demand in business intelligence, data warehousing, solutions architecture and project managers. Hays also highlighted internal support functions around helpdesk, desktop and systems administration support as desirable skills. All were being driven by a focus on process efficiency and cost reduction, the report stated.