Australia's IT managers are predicted to increase hirings by 3.2 per cent between now and the end of September, according to Drake Personnel.
Richard Burley, general manager of Drake IT Recruitment, said staff shortages were being felt across the board as a result of staff being retained on Y2K work.
The 3.2 per cent translates into an estimated 4800 new jobs in the quarter with the bulk of them - 2199 - predicted to be in NSW.
Drake said the numbers were up on predictions of a year ago and were against a levelling of employment opportunities across the board.
"The major focus nationwide is on the implementation of new technologies and the upgrading of existing hardware and software," Burley said.
He said that Web site and electronic commerce work are also having some impact on hirings.