Posted by Robert Half on 13 April 2015
The Robert Half Technology Salary Guide offers some fascinating insights into the most-in-demand IT skills and desirable jobs in the current market – what hiring challenges or new career opportunities await you this year?
Chief Information Officers (CIOs) across Australia were asked about the future of their industry and 93 per cent are confident that their businesses will achieve growth over the next 12 months. What’s more, over 50 per cent of firms are planning to grow their IT teams in the first half of 2015.
Candidates looking for the best IT jobs can turn their attention to small businesses, 62 per cent of which have plans to expand their teams in the next six months. On an industry level, candidates have a wide playing field to choose from as demand for IT professionals remains positive across education, healthcare and retail sectors.
IT jobs in demand
As firms work to build and improve their online presence and digital offerings, there’s a strengthening in demand for digital staff at all levels. For those looking for a career change, the salary guide reveals numerous opportunities for suitable candidates, particularly in the following fields:
1. Front end developers
2. .net developers
3. Business analysts
4. Service delivery managers
5. Security officers
Top drivers behind recruitment include ‘new projects and initiatives’ (63 per cent) and ‘product or service expansion’ (47 per cent). Businesses are also hiring based on plans for systems upgrades and moves to cloud-based infrastructures.
IT security remains a priority for many firms, with 36 per cent of CIOs predicting it will have a great impact on the way companies do business and 28 per cent per cent of businesses planning to increase IT security headcount.
IT jobs: The skills businesses want
The majority of CIOs (92 per cent) indicated it is challenging to find skilled IT staff and are concerned about losing top talent (86 per cent), with the three most desired skills sets in the workplace being:
1. Database management (e.g. Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server) (31 per cent)
2. Business intelligence/reporting services (e.g. data warehousing, Crystal Reports, Cognos, SQL reporting) (21 per cent)
3. Network administration/engineering (LAN, WAN) (21 per cent)
Firms hoping to retain or attract top IT professionals to their company must sell their unique employer-value proposition, especially to the younger generation who are particularly concerned with brand. Two main drivers of IT recruitment are remuneration and flexible working hours. In Australia, 30 per cent of employees revealed that poor work-life balance was a bigger incentive for leaving a job than the prospect of higher remuneration (25 per cent). In New Zealand, the two factors were considered equally important (31 per cent).