IT&T and multimedia job vacancies in Australia fell by 7.58 per cent in March, a drop of around 3000 jobs advertised online, according to the Olivier Internet Job Index (IJI).
Measuring permanent and temporary job trends last month, the IT&T's share of jobs advertised slipped from 43.5 per cent in December 1999 to 35.4 per cent in March.
The multimedia, Internet and graphics jobs sector continued 11 straight months of decline, falling 15.9 per cent in the last month.
Non-tech job vacancies rose by 7.96 per cent in that period.
While the index showed that the IT and telecommunications job market experienced healthy growth in ERP and call centre management in the last six months, Olivier Recruitement Group director, Robert Olivier said that some 350 permanent and contractor vacancies had disappeared because of a lack of large-scale IT projects of late. "There are no major projects like Y2K or the GST at the moment, so there's not a lot of confidence in big-scale IT projects. Also, a lot of government outsourcing contracts [with the private sector] did not go ahead," he explained.
The fall in multimedia job advertisements, he said, was more pronounced than any other industry sector, and attributed it entirely to the tech wreck in April last year.
Since March, IT job growth has been flat in NSW and Victoria, Olivier said. IT job vacancies in NSW dropped by 1500 and by 2000 in Victoria in the last year.
The IJI surveyed 95,000 Internet job vacancies on mainstream Web sites.