A workplace skills analysis by Randstad on what employers and employees can expect from 2011 has found the current market to be in a ‘happy balance'.
Top skills expected for 2011 include SAP, applications development and datacentre design and management.
None of those skills demands are surprising, but Randstad solutions director, information technology, Richard Talbot, said an additional demand has emerged in Business Intelligence, which has become a post-GFC hot topic.
“The other interesting trend is through the GFC the work programs that came through tended to be smaller in scale,” Talbot said. “Now we’re seeing lots more big pieces of work.”
For the most part, professional services organisations will still tend to prefer recruiting permanent staff, but it is also expected that 2011 will be a growth year for IT contracting.
The three major sectors for IT in 2011, according to Randstad, are IT consulting, telecommunications (driven in no small part by the NBN), and banking and finance.
Randstad’s expectation is that recruitment will still largely occur within Australia, and it should not be a difficult year for recruiters, Talbot said.
“We’re in a happy place right now, certainly not the lows we saw in 2006,” he said.
“There’s talent available in Australia first, and jobs available to fill, and overall 2011 should be OK. Employers will need to keep an eye on their staff attraction and retention policies through the year, though.”