IT skills around ERP, development, telecommunications and integration are in high demand driven by the NBN and major upgrades of internal systems at financial institutions, according to the latest Clarius Skills Index.
The Index reports that employers are also facing a significant wages hike for ICT professionals as a result of the strong skills demand.
According to the ICT COO of Clarius Group’s specialist ICT recruitment division, Candle, Kym Quick, the banking and finance sector was experiencing a resurgence.
“The ANZ and NAB in Melbourne are undertaking major upgrades of core banking systems, the Commonwealth and Westpac are engaged in upgrade and significant integration work,” Quick said.
“Growth in the demand for computing skills reflects a broad based recovery in economic activity, which has seen business spending on outsourced IT services begin to expand. The demand for in-house IT professionals has also begun to recover in line with a general upswing in hiring activity.”
The NBN would also have a large impact on the labour market, which was already beginning to see the need for retention strategies to combat poaching and head hunting, Quick said.
“NBN Co’s plans, whilst not yet firm, will result in a massive need for skilled IT&T professionals to help build and establish its network,” she said. “This will impact the major Telco’s as well as the smaller players which will affect the levels of skilled IT&T talent. The reality is, the recovery in IT&T has happened, the scramble to secure top talent is well underway.”
Looking at the states and territories the Index found that the skills in demand in the ACT included developers - NET and Java; Testers; UCD and Business Analysts; and Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence personnel.
In South Australia, software developers with Java/J2EE, Oracle and PHP skills as well as Business Intelligence software and SAP and Oracle EBS skills are sought.
In Queensland .Net and Java developers and Business Analysts and Project Managers are in favour.
In Western Australia SAP Consultants, Project Managers, Business Analysts, .Net Developers and UNIX consultants are wanted.
In Victoria Business Analysts, .NET and SharePoint development, Solutions Architects and Infrastructure project management skills are of value.
In NSW Business Analysts, Developers, Architects, Systems Admin, Storage Specialists, Testers, BPR, IT&T Sales Professionals are all in demand.