Employment expectations within the Australian IT industry remain buoyant, with the majority of businesses planning to either enhance or uphold headcount in the next three months, according to recruitment firm, Hudson.
In its latest report, Employment Expectations: April – June 2012, Hudson finds employment sentiment among IT employers is at net 39.7 per cent for the coming three months, higher than the national average of net 21.7 per cent.
The survey was based on interviews with 4481 employers across Australia, focusing on their hiring expectations from April to June.
It also showed that IT rated as the second most confident industry in Australia, following behind the resources sector (net 55.9 per cent), and the only industry to report rising employment expectations over the quarter and YoY.
It recorded a rise in sentiment among IT organisations by 1.2 percentage points (pp) since last year.
According to Hudson ICT national practice director, Martin Retschko, the outlook is a result of the rise of Cloud computing, as Australian businesses look to recruit those with Cloud-based skills, and the opportunities available from the ongoing rollout of the NBN – especially for the IT, construction and services industries.
“Companies are working hard to find new ways to grow their businesses. The digital economy is one area where employers are hiring aggressively to help achieve those ambitions,” he said.
Retschko recommended employers move quickly to identify and secure the best candidates. He mentioned that organisations should focus their priorities on strategic roles that help take an organisation forward.
“Many IT companies are still keen to hire, when other industries have adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach to both hiring and the economy.
“The ‘wait and see’ approach can result in protracted decision making, which can mean high quality candidates pulling out of the recruitment process to accept more attractive offers elsewhere,” Retschko said.
Other findings from the study include:
- ICT employer sentiment was high in the ACT and NSW, with a net 43.3 per cent and 43.4 per cent of hiring managers intending to increase headcount in the second quarter. Skills in policy, program, communications or stakeholder management and project managers are in demand.
- Buoyant employer sentiment in technology is driving positivity in the advertising, marketing and media industry, which surged 21.3 pp over the quarter. It was the only group to achieve a substantial improvement in the period.