Oracle 11g and IBM Websphere pros most in demand

Recruitment firm survey shows increase in demand for permanent employees

IT professionals with Oracle 11g and IBM Websphere are most in demand across Australia, according to Hays Information Technology recruitment.

In the recruitment firm’s April to June Information Technology Quarterly Report, Microsoft OCS implementation skills were also highlighted as in demand.

“Permanent job numbers are improving. To a large extent this is driven by the significant movement of people changing jobs,” Hays Information Technology regional director, Peter Noblet, said in a statement.

“Despite a desire to recruit, some employers remain fairly prescriptive in their permanent staff requirements. Some still believe an abundance of candidates is available. Some also expect more for their money. Consequently they are interviewing extensively to try to locate a level of candidate that is not realistically attainable for the salary on offer.”

Other skills that are in demand include: SQL reporting and integration; web-based application development; VMware infrastructure; Cisco voice engineering; data warehousing; Java; business analysis and .Net.

In contrast, according to the latest Clarius Skills Index released earlier this week, 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.

The Index reports that employers are also facing a significant wages hike for ICT professionals as a result of the strong skills demand.

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