Index shows graduate employment on the rise

IT jobs are still on the rise in Australia, though it is the graduates that are in demand rather than senior IT professionals, according to Olivier recruitment's latest index.

There was a 7.08 percent increase in IT&T job vacancy ads advertised on the Seek, My Career and Career One sites in August.

By aggregating results from these three main job search databases, Olivier compile an Internet job index each month -- one which has been showing IT&T jobs to be rising consistently over the last two years. These results are seasonally adjusted in consultation with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

IT is the strongest sector of the 21 industries which the Olivier Internet Job Index canvasses. Over the past 12 months the IT&T sector has recorded a 91 percent increase in the number of online job advertisements.

Robert Olivier says the sector's recovery has been strong and steady. "Business is investing in IT&T and there is far more confidence in the industry. The IT&T sector has recorded consistent growth over the past 12 months suggesting a stable future."

Although there is great demand for IT&T jobs generally, there is a definite bias towards the graduate as opposed to the older more experienced IT professional.

"There has been a great demand for graduates, but companies seem reluctant to spend that extra money for more experienced professionals. The senior end of the market is still struggling."

The demand for IT graduates is coupled with a shortage of IT enrolments.

Edward Mandla, president of the Australian Computer Society told Computerworld in June this year that university enrolments for IT related courses are lower than they have ever been, at half the numbers they were three years ago.

"There's a real perception amongst mums and dads after the dotcom collapse that IT is not a good industry to be involved in. But the signs are good and we need to turn that perception around," Mandla said.

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