The IT jobs sector is celebrating a buoyant beginning to 2010 as services companies look to sign up new recruits.
In the latest Employment Expectation report by recruitment firm, Hudson, the number of IT employers looking to hire in Q1, 2010 jumped 15.2 per cent from last quarter to reach 40.8 per cent. This was the best result from all industries surveyed.
Fellow recruitment player, Olivier Group, posted similar results in its December job index, which recorded a 0.49 per cent increase in the number of IT jobs advertised; a mark above the national average. While the growth rate is slow, the company’s director, Robert Olivier, predicted dramatic improvement by the early part of Q2.
The positive results starkly contrast the IT industry’s dour state and record job lows of 2009, when companies across the board imposed hiring freezes and several IT projects stalled or were cancelled. As the economy continues to recover, large programs of work are kicking off again along with a lifting of hiring halts.
“Companies are trying to rebuild their talent after restructuring,” Hudson ICT national practice director, Martin Retschko, said. “This is evident in ICT suppliers, such as IT services firms, who are bolstering their teams, bringing in more staff in anticipation of more clients this year.”
CEO of networking integrator Integ Group, Ian Poole, agreed the IT industry was well on the road to recovery. The UXC subsidiary was reluctant to hire new people last year but has recommenced recruitment efforts to add to its 150-strong employee pool.
“There is definitely some activity in the marketplace and in certain areas, there is demand for specialised skills in the IT services arena,” Poole said. “We have hired quite a few people over the last three months.”
Poole conceded future staff increases hinged on Integ’s success in scoring new deals but said the outlook was encouraging.