A range of IT professional analysts top the skills demand list as job vacancies rise in many areas, according to recruiting experts, Hays.
This includes Microsoft Web developers, iPhone application and SharePoint developers, Citrix specialists, Windows server administrators and engineers, LTE technology candidates, project and program managers and business analysts.
The October-December Hays quarterly report states the demand for IT development professionals is due to the increase in Web projects and a shortage of experienced candidates driving this need.
Ongoing demand for remote support tools has created a need for Citrix specialists. Also in demand are Windows server administrators and engineers due to increasing upgrades of Microsoft based infrastructure enterprise environment, while SAP project candidates are needed for project work.
The demand for skilled iPhone application professionals has been driven by the growth in the use of mobile devices for business purposes and personal use.
SharePoint development skills continue to be in high demand as businesses across the public and private sectors look to better integrate other applications and increase their use of knowledge and content management.
The report revealed the establishment or expansion of smaller companies led to mid-level developers and designers being sought after.
Within the infrastructure market, Hays expects a continued demand for skills within storage and virtualisation technologies this quarter, as more organisations look to move to virtual environments. The virtualisation technologies include VMware and Hyper V skills.
The company also expects quality service desk candidates to be in demand this quarter.
LTE technology candidates are in demand for key vendors that have won NBN design bids. 3G and 2G RF communications engineers are required for contract and permanent roles, while network rollout and upgrade projects have led to a need for Transmission SDH and PDH RF candidates.
Within businesses, Hays has seen a steady increase in demand for IT business resources given the number of large and complex programs of work. Demand exists for project and program managers and business analysts.
Other trends that surfaced from the research include: employers speeding up recruitment processes, and an increasing willingness of employers to consider interstate candidates.