Demand strong for IT professionals

Aussies salivating for IT pros

Nearly half the Australia's employers are looking for information technology staff, according to the latest Hudson report, Employment Expectations.

The survey of some 7410 employers conducted nationally by recruitment firm Hudson, found 63.9 percent of all companies involved with some element of IT polled for the survey plan to increase headcount in the coming quarter, with 8.3 percent planning to decrease staffing levels

Martin Retshko, director of the information technology and telecommunications sector for Hudson, said the demand for resources in the information technology and telecommunications sector has created an increasing demand for products and services, with significant investment flowing into new research and product development.

Consumer IT and telecommunications projects are also projecting the high demand, according to Retschko.

"Consumer IT spending has remained strong for some time, which has contributed to demand for personal computers and technology-based services in the home. Business are investing in technology as an imperative to remain productive and competitive," Retshko said.

"From a telecommunications point of view, the mobile phone market is still growing and broadband is the fastest growing segment for Internet services, IP solutions and services. With the rapid adoption of new technology, and the need for faster and more flexible products and services, organizations operating within the telecommunications industry are increasing headcount to support demand.

"Given the current high demand for employees in the IT&T area, a flexible workplace remains an important strategy for many employers if they want to remain competitive."

These sentiments were echoed by Hudson CEO Anne Hatton, who suggested flexible working environments must be part of an employment strategy.

"Organizations that put practical solutions in place and make workplace flexibility both a strategic goal and a reality will be one step ahead of their competitors," Hatton said.

"They need to provide an attractive and progressive workplace where careers are planned, development needs are met and work/life balance issues are taken into consideration."

The survey found 44.1 percent of employers nationally in the telecommunications space intend to hire more staff in the next three months, with only 6.3 percent expecting to decrease staff. Of all respondents to the survey, 48.2 percent said they plan to increase IT staff in the December 06 financial quarter, with only 4.5 percent planning to reduce headcount.

In Canberra more than half the companies based plan to hire IT staff over the coming financial quarter, with fewer than 10 percent planning to cut staff.

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