Recruiter sees changes in IT teams

Hudson Asia Pacific registers downward pressure overall on hiring intentions for ICT

There's been declining sentiment for hiring and investment in IT since the federal election was announced in January, but with a new government taking the reins that looks set to change, according to Tim Davis, director ICT at recruitment firm Hudson Asia Pacific.

New figures released by the firm this morning found that IT outstripped other areas when it came to hiring sentiment, with 31.1 per cent of hiring managers intending to increase ICT headcount. However, this still represents a 3.1 percentage point drop from the previous Hudson Report: Employment Trends.

"I think probably over the next few months maybe say three to six months it's unlikely there will be a huge change in behaviour" in terms of IT hiring, Davis said.

"I think what people really need to get their head around is what sort of pro-business changes are going to be put in place [by the government]... A classic example is: There's been some discussion around what might happen with 457 skilled visa migration but there's nothing been set in stone.

"I think we'll really just have to wait and see over the next few months to find out what changes are actually going to take effect before we'll start to see some behavioural change."

In cases where IT headcount has remained static, Hudson is still seeing re-composition in many teams, as some work is offshored while new skills are sought to aid business transformation efforts.

"The areas that we're finding in demand are project and program managers and business analysts that can help with transformation programs. Analyst programmers, for example, who can help deliver the mobility solutions and digital engagement with customers. Enterprise architects that help design these solutions, and also change managers in that business transformation piece."

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