Recruitment firm, Manpower, has reported a drop in hiring expectations in Australia but the IT industry is predicted to remain relatively unscathed.
In a survey of 2200 employers, Manpower’s Net Employment Outlook index has dropped five points from last quarter to 19 per cent. This indicates a slowdown in hiring intentions for the next three months.
The number of employers looking to hire has plateaued at 27 per cent but the number of employers looking to cull staff has climbed to six points to seven per cent.
Manpower blames the newfound uncertainty to a looming possibility of a double dip recession.
Results, however, are still more positive compared with the previous year.
“While we are predicting hiring demands have softened a little bit, particularly in the next quarter coming up, the indications are still strong for growth and particularly within IT, there is quite a bit of demand,” Manpower IT national client manager, Brent Leahy, said.
But he said there will be a challenge to attract skilled workers in the IT industry and proposed strategic skilled migration as a critical component to ease the problem.
IT project work is still relatively abundant and work flowing through to the next six to 12 months will perpetuate the positive result for the IT industry, Leahy said.
He broke down positions in demand predominantly for the East Coast:
NSW – Business analysts, business intelligence, project coordinator, project managers along with Java and .Net skill workers.
VIC – Business analyst, testers, opportunity for ERP type work in the state particularly around SAP. Java and .Net workers also in demand.
ACT – Project managers, Java, .Net and IT architects. The state is experiencing a bit of a slowdown due to the election and IT employers working with directly or indirectly with the government had put projects on hold.
SA – Demand around developers, business analysts and project managers.