IT job market looks brighter

IT professionals can finally feel secure in their job search, as employers are showing increased confidence in hiring intentions, according to results of a job index.

While a discrepancy between two other recent job vacancy indexes suggests employers are choosing newspapers rather than the Internet to find staff, the quarterly TMP Worldwide Job Index indicates that the Australian job market will continue to grow.

Wayman Chapman, joint CEO, TMP e-Resourcing Australasia said positions will be plentiful for computer and IT employees.

He said there is strong movement in the IT sector that has not been there for the past year. "We expect to see this momentum maintained or hopefully improve and maintain. Fingers crossed."

Results of TMP's index shows 44.8 per cent of 4359 employers surveyed intend to increase staff numbers in computer and IT positions in the next three months, while 8.8 per cent said they will decrease hiring. This gives a net effect of 36 per cent.

Chapman said employment expectations for the IT industry in South Australia shows a 45 per cent increase in hiring potential over the last quarter while Victoria shows a 36 per cent increase in hiring IT professionals.

In New South Wales, 32.4 per cent of survey respondents said they will increase IT hiring and 7.4 per cent said they would decrease which gives a net effect of 25 per cent.

In Queensland, the net effect was 30.8 per cent while the ACT and Western Australia's net effects were 25 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.

Meanwhile, the Olivier Internet Job Index flattened out in April, recording a fall of just under half a per cent in Australian jobs advertised online, while 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.

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.

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.

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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