He said since July 1, there had been a dramatic improvement in Queensland hiring, mostly contracting-led, and strengthening in South Australia, but Western Australia remained soft. “I would have described the first six months of the year as very much a contracting-led requirement for IT roles, but in the last three weeks we have just started to see permanent come on stream as well,’’ Mr Acheson.
Spark Recruitment director Luke Singleton said the last quarter hiring had been solid and up about 25 per cent on the same time last year. “We had a really strong quarter which was permanent-led and specific to some one-off projects,’’ he said. “Perm hiring is still sluggish — mostly replacement hiring versus lots of new jobs being created.
In the ACT, demand for ICT professionals was at its highest level for three years. “The lift from January this year through to the end of June was NSW, Victoria and ACT-centric and the other states were still pretty patchy,’’ Peoplebank chief executive officer Peter Acheson said.
Mr Acheson said demand for digital professionals was ahead of supply in Australia as it was in Europe and the United States. “There are shortages where it is a specific technology that is being turned up or, alternatively, it might be some sector-based experience around it,’’ he said. “We are just starting to see demand for 457 visas so it is another indicator to us that the market is firming.
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