The latest quarterly research by Clicks IT Recruitment seems to show a local IT industry landscape populated by professionals who expect to be on the move within the coming year.
The IT sector-focused recruitment firm conducts a quarterly survey of IT professionals to produce a quarterly index report.
The company asks respondents about critical social and economic indicators that are measured around the world by leading institutions to inform business decisions.
The company’s findings from its survey for the third quarter of 2017, which took in responses from some 400 local IT professionals, show that over half of those surveyed indicated that they are likely to be looking for a new job in the next 12 months.
“For the second quarter in a row, over 50 per cent of respondents indicated that they are likely to be looking for a new job in the next 12 months,” the company said. “These sustained attitudes spell the beginning of a continuing trend of job seeker optimism in the IT employment market.”
While the sample number of survey respondents is small in the context of the entire local IT industry, the findings do appear to reflect a local IT industry that is seeing a fair amount of internal movement – and it remains to be seen when this activity might subside.
“It’s hard to say how long this trend will last, but now is a great time for hiring managers to review their resource levels, employment offers and hiring strategies so that they are positioned to take advantage of great IT talent entering the market over the coming months,” the recruitment firm said.
During the prior quarter, Clicks IT Recruitment said it observed a noticeable shift in the IT employment market, with an increased number of respondents indicated that there were plenty of jobs in the market, and that they felt positive about their own employment prospects.
“This quarter, responses remained largely the same, suggesting the start of a sustained period of optimism in the IT employment market,” Clicks IT Recruitment said.
The latest research comes roughly five months after Clicks IT Recruitment released findings from its 20th annual survey on the health of the Australian IT industry.
The research found that demand for IT professionals was at an historic high, with employers being more mindful of the importance of retaining staff, and business in general having a bullish sales outlook for 2017.
“Looking to the future, this year’s report shows that a continued demand for experienced IT staff is expected during 2017, with the main measures of market strength showing historic highs,” Clicks IT Recruitment managing director, Ben Wood, said at the time.