ICT recruitment slows: ITCRA

Claims it is a result of ICT employers gearing for election

ICT recruitment activities may be slowing down as the Australian ICT industry prepares itself for the looming Federal election, according to the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA).

The finding was mentioned in its ITCRA Trends Report and SkillsMatch Dashboard, which also claimed that despite the dip last quarter, the industry is showing signs of being in a better position than it was three years ago.

ITCRA CEO, Julie Mills, said the company has noticed a clear pattern of surges and slowdowns in placements generally mirroring election and economic cycles.

The most recent quarter analysed in the Trends Report covering January to March showed the ratio of permanent and contracting roles remains steady at 30 and 70 per cent respectively; with a small improvement in placements made across most roles over what would be expected after the usual end-of-year lull.

The report also showed a small contraction and possible levelling-out in the days required to fill positions and fewer placements being made, suggesting that candidate quality is increasing while ICT employers take a “treading water” approach.

“The results are not surprising but it does beg the question: if ICT is essential to the infrastructure of business and Government, then are businesses and governments taking an overly-cautious approach to business intelligence at this crucial time?” Mills said.

The SkillsMatch data also suggested that ICT recruitment is keeping up with the general labour market but Mills claimed ICT jobseekers looking for SAP, infrastructure, Microsoft Windows Desktop and Java roles face high demand is as employers are competing for good people.

On the other hand, roles such as business analysis, helpdesk support and networking employers have more candidates to choose from.

“The current trends report employment performance gauge indicates that the ICT contract and recruitment sector, on a twelve month average, is performing 4.09 per cent better than the Australian Labour Market statistics (as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics),” she mentioned.