Programmers lead demand as IT jobs remain steady

Jobs advertised in the IT sector climbed by a modest half a percent in September, and growth, though it has slowed, will continue for some time yet, according to Olivier Group's job index.

Over the past 12 months IT&T job advertisements have risen by 42.18 percent (seasonally adjusted), according to the monthly Index.

"I still believe IT has more growth left in it, although the rate of growth is decreasing," said Olivier Group director Robert Olivier.

He said the threats to employment are more likely to be from the wider economy such as of oil price rises or stock market decline. "IT should be relatively insulated from this except for those who work directly in sectors most at risk, like retail and consumer durables," he said.

Most IT jobs advertised continue to be in software development and engineering, which made up 28.8 percent of the whole IT sector.

"This is the 'engine room' of the IT sector where historically there is the greatest employment," Olivier said.

"The top demand is for .Net programmers, but we are also finding that clients want people with business analysis skills, or people that can complement technical skills with strong communication abilities and business knowledge."

Candle ICT recruitment is more conservative in its growth figures which show only a 17 percent rise from September last year.

NSW general manager Peter Zonnevylle said that in general, contracting is steady with the demand for permanent ICT professionals continuing to rise.

"This can be attributed in part to the increased market confidence: organizations are investing more readily in permanent headcount as projects gain momentum," he said.

Business analysts (particularly in the banking space), project managers (across the board), testers (Beta through to full systems testing), security analysts, enterprise architects, audit and compliance consultants (SOX) are most in most demand, Zonnevylle said. Highly sought after skills include .Net, Java/J2EE (strong in the consultancy / vendor space), SAP, Tivoli, and business intelligence (Cognos), he said.

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