IT employer confidence has increased but smaller organisations are still hesitant to hire, according to the latest report by IT recruitment firm, Hudson.
It shows a 0.2 percentage point increase in overall IT employers expecting to hire from July to September. This is the fifth consecutive quarterly rise. It is now at 42 per cent.
Hudson ICT national practice manager, Martin Retschko, said it was an active hiring market and candidates were more confident to move from company to company.
But while larger IT enterprises are keen to hire, smaller players are still very cautious after the 2009 global financial crisis.
“SMEs are still taking a very conservative approach to hiring,” Retschko said. “They are still hiring but they are putting a lot of rigor into assessing candidates to make sure when they do make an investment in people they are getting the best they can.
“But larger enterprises have committed to large programs of work and I don’t see them stopping.”
IT projects in the telecommunications and government sector have been driving demands for IT skills and suppliers.
Sectors such as finance, healthcare and retail are also investing heavily in technology, driving more growth in the process.
Retschko expects demand for IT to continue to the end of the year but could not say whether this would impact on IT hiring intentions.
IT employer confidence is now 7.1 per cent higher than the national average across all sectors surveyed.
The Hudson Report surveyed 4211 employees across 19 core industry groups.