Strong ICT hiring policies set to continue for 2011: Hudson

Balance of power now with employees, says report

Over 40 per cent of local ICT employers are looking to hire permanent staff in the next few months as projects increase, according to the latest Hudson recruitment survey.

The report, entitled Employment Expectations Australia, surveyed some 4709 employers around the country and found 42.2 per cent of them were hiring or looking to hire permanent staff.

Although this figure is 1.8 percentage points lower than reported last quarter, the report suggests this is due to some employers reaching their required capacity.

Hudson ICT national practice director, Martin Retschko, said the survey does reflect a positive turnaround in recruitment for the ICT industry. A previous survey by the company in October 2010 found employer confidence was at 44 per cent.

“More companies are looking to hire as they recover from the global financial crisis (GFC) and [as] IT projects increase," he said. "Last year a lot of employees were sitting in the same job because there were not many jobs out there but the employment market has become more liquid.

"Employers will need to work hard to retain employees."

For example, Retschko said some recruits looking to switch jobs are getting counter offers of increased salaries if they stay in their current position.

“With the strong hiring sentiment reflected throughout most markets, employers are having to compete for staff, and candidates are once again able to have some bargaining power when it comes to their wages.”

He said the message to employers is that they should not rely on a salary alone to keep workers.

“The company needs to provide other incentives such as flexible working hours,” he said.

Another factor for increased recruitment is there are new vendors entering the Australian market.

“Overseas companies who set up shop here will be demanding Australian talent so we anticipate the hiring trend to remain constant for 2011,” he said.

He warns that businesses will need to implement robust recruitment processes.

“They will have to work with speed to ensure they secure the right skills because the best talent will not be around for long,” said Retschko.

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