Survey: J2EE and .Net skills hot in demand

A new survey of Australian-based IT recruitment agencies has found J2EE and .Net skills are increasingly in demand, while demand for skills in Cobol, AS/400 and DB2 is falling.

According to the latest quarterly “State of the Market” survey by independent IT employment Web site Brainbox, J2EE continues to be the most sought after skill in the Australian IT market. Some 74 per cent of survey respondents rated the skill as in demand, up from 56 per cent in the previous survey held in February.

The skills set experiencing the biggest leap in demand however, was .Net. 63 per cent of respondents to the survey claimed .Net skills were increasingly in demand – up from just 6 per cent in the February survey.

The Brainbox survey, which is conducted via e-mail, is based on information received from 19 Australian IT recruitment agencies. Respondents were asked to select from a list of some 50 skills sets those which they believed were experiencing either a rise or fall in demand.

Other sought after skills included C# (42 per cent), business analysis (37 per cent) and business intelligence (32 per cent).

In contrast, demand for skills in more mature technologies such as Cobol, AS/400 and DB2 was falling. Demand for Cobol skills had dropped, according to 53 per cent of respondents - an increase of 9 per cent from the previous survey while 47 per cent of respondents said AS/400 skills were in less demand; 37 per cent believed demand for skills in IBM’s DB2 database was also declining.

Commenting on the skills set list, a representative from global recruitment agency Eurolink said that demand for most of the skills sets “across the board… is pretty steady at present”.

“Demand for mainframe skills, as always fluctuating, may be lower in Sydney and Melbourne, but it's a different story in Canberra. We are still in a candidate-rich market, though niche skills are still in short supply.”

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