Infrastructure projects in NSW, Victoria and ACT, are forcing up the number of tech hires this year, with business intelligence/data analytics, digital and digital transformation roles, project managers, developers and engineers, in hot demand.
This is according to a new Peoplebank Salary and Employment Index - Winter 2017, which also pointed out that ‘non technical’ staff were being brought into business IT projects.
"Equilibrium between the supply and demand for technology skills is being maintained, especially in the financial services sector, large organisations are assigning high-performing staff from non-technical business units to IT projects," Peoplebank CEO, Peter Acheson, said. "As organisations become more confident in their capacity to deliver major IT projects, especially projects designed around business outcomes, there is more scope for organisations to bring different skillsets into the project team. Interestingly, participating in an IT project is increasingly being seen by non-IT staff as an asset in their career portfolio."
Peoplebank NSW general manager, Peter Kennedy, said demand in NSW government has been the highest that it has been in three years for IT resources.
“In NSW, the government has been a major player in the technology space in the last 12 months as they’ve made heavy investments in infrastructure and that drives a lot of IT projects in parallel,” Kennedy said. “Banks are also moving away from legacy systems and into big data and analytics, and there’s a lot more investment in automation and robotics, which is calling for very specialist skills.”
In Victoria, demand was growing for specialists in areas such as security, business intelligence/data analytics, developers, testers and engineers.
In ACT, end-of-financial year contract renewals along with strong business investment has seen increased demand and some tightening availability of candidates with security clearance.
The Index showed that demand for IT skills in Western Australia was beginning to lift, but technology demand in Queensland and South Australia were flat.
In June, recruitment firm, Hays, said Australia’s IT and telecommunications industry workers were set to get the most generous salary increases this year.