IT jobs ads fall 3 per cent: Olivier

Employers are choosing newspapers rather than the Internet to find staff, a discrepency between two recent job vacancy indexes suggests.

While the Olivier Internet Job Index flattened out in April, recording a fall of just under half a per cent in Australian jobs advertised online, the ANZ Banking Group job advertisement series recorded the biggest monthly rise in the history of the series.

The ANZ index recorded job vacancy ads were up 26.3 per cent in April (seasonally adjusted) to an average of 23,386 per week. This reverses the decline in March and February. The level of newspaper job advertising in April was the highest since February last year and was up 18.1 per cent on April 2001.

Despite the optimistic outlook by ANZ, the Olivier Index found IT&T jobs had fallen 3 per cent in the month, almost 5 per cent since December 2001, and 73 per cent over the past year.

"The IJI has steadied after good growth. Only advertising, media and IT and telecommunications have slipped in the year to date," Olivier research analyst Daisy Hoffmann said.

IT job advertisements in networks, communications and security were down by 8 per cent. Database development and administration positions were also down by 17 per cent.

However, desktop support and helpdesk roles were up by 13 per cent, and positions in hardware engineering systems grew by 11 per cent. Also, IT instruction training and writing grew by 3 per cent, although IT systems administration and support ads were down 7 per cent.

Internet graphics and multimedia ads were also down 13 per cent. Management and sales positions were down by 6 per cent. Ads for software development and engineering positions were down by 5 per cent.

In April there were 61,652 jobs advertised on the major job boards surveyed - 225 fewer jobs than the previous month.

"There may have been some effect on recruitment from the Easter break and the school holidays but generally hiring intentions are positive.

"There's been good growth across the economy since the Index reached its historic low point in December 2001," Hoffmann said.

Hoffmann said despite the high-profile problems facing the insurance and superannuation industry, job vacancies grew by 13.5 per cent last month. Banking also showed an 80 per cent increase in the past 12 months, 11 per cent in the past month.

The ANZ job index found every Australian state and territory recorded an increase of more than 20 per cent in the number of newspaper job advertisements last month. The largest increases were in the ACT, up 29.9 per cent, and in New South Wales, up 26.1 per cent.

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