Software developers are among the most in-demand IT professionals in Australia as technology employers continue to face skilled shortages, according to IT recruitment specialist and a ManpowerGroup company, Experis.
It tracked down the top five hottest jobs in IT for the first quarter of 2012, based on its database of employers and candidates.
The results showed that the jobs most difficult to fill are: 1. software developers, 2. test analysts, 3. project managers, 4. business analysts and 5. infrastructure engineers.
The finding highlighted a further need for software developers with NET, C# and ASP.Net skills; test analysts with automated testing experience; as well as infrastructure engineers with Cloud, Citrix and VMware skills.
Experis general manager, Sue Howse, said that the demand for these skills is no surprise as Australia’s digital economy is continuing to prosper.
She stated that with fields such as Cloud technology and social media dominating the business landscape and recent analysis by the Australian Computer Society showing Australia’s digital economy to be worth $100 billion in 2011, policy makers, educators and employers should focus on getting people into the industry.
"Yet interest in IT careers has waned in recent years, with figures from the Australian Computer Society showing national university enrolments in IT are less than half the number they were a decade ago,” she said.
Howse mentioned that the shortfall of candidates entering the job market is a good opportunity for those who already have the relevant professional IT skills in demand.
She said that those who lack the requirements need to up-skill or refresh their credentials to keep up with industry requirements.
She claimed that employers struggling to fill positions should consider the following:
- Being more flexible in their options
- Keep in mind ‘teachable fit’ possibilities – up-skilling candidates who meet at least 65 per cent of its fundamental skill set requirements
- Acknowledge outsourcing talent from international and interstate regions
- Including a talent mobility strategy or flexible working options in employment plans to lure elusive employees.
“On the overall, opportunities in IT careers are booming right now,” she concluded.