After an 18-month high, IT employment expectations have dropped slightly but remain strong, according to recruitment firm, Hudson.
In the recent Hudson Report: Employment Expectations report, 42.2 per cent of the 4709 employers surveyed said they wanted to increased permanent staff levels in the next three months.
Hudson ICT national practice director, Martin Retschko, attributed the drop to an increasing demand for IT contractors.
“Last year we saw a number of very aggressive hiring plans for key projects and now they have been delivered, resourcing levels are reaching a mature level,” he said. “We are returning to normal levels of demand and contracting is starting to pick up.
‘So there is a little bit of a shift from the need for permanent positions to contracting this year.”
A tip in the scale of power from employer to employee is also a contributor to the slight downturn in employment demands. There is ongoing pressure to increase wages as demand for highly talented candidates drive up prices, according to Retschko.
Net employment expectations should remain at high levels into the next quarter.