IT led September jump in exec job demand

Demand for executives in Australia has rebounded strongly in September, led by IT, finance and management executive positions.

The EL Executive Demand Index rose by 9 per cent in September over the August figure with a strong economy suggesting employees could soon be back in the employment driving seat.

"The Australian economy is continuing to be robust. While there is ongoing uncertainty in the international landscape the local economy appears strong enough to begin hiring more executives," EL Consult managing director Grant Montgomery said.

"Demand increase will continue to be volatile but employees may be in the driver's seat -- more so in the next few months than they have been for a couple of years as competition for their services increases."

The EL Index compares the number of newspaper and Internet jobs available against a historical base that is normalised to 100 to make comparisons valid.

The index showed that despite the improvement from August the index for September came in below the same measure a year earlier.

EL said the rise in IT executive demand was the second such increase in three months and that while there is still some way to go, it has begun to resume a growth path.

The survey said the result was more encouraging overall, given that figures had declined in both NSW and Queensland because of drought effects.

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