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IT jobs still in high demand despite economy

  • 10 December, 2008 11:17

<p>The demand for skilled IT professionals continues to grow within the job market despite the current global economic crisis as leading technical training partner, EXCOM Education is being confronted by an increasing number of employers struggling to find candidates with relevant skills.</p>
<p>Market commentary from influential industry bodies indicates that demand-related growth for skilled employees has continued within the IT industry, particularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, while a significant number of employers do not believe the current economic climate is not impacting their growth. Additionally, research by Hays Recruitment says that the permanent market within Brisbane will remain strong into the next quarter.</p>
<p>Hudson Recruitment research indicate that more than 40 percent of employers are struggling to source candidates with the relevant skills demanded by the industry today, while authoritative industry body, the Australian Computer Society agrees that the demand for well-skilled employees within the industry will continue to grow.</p>
<p>“Industry evidence shows there is a major shortfall in the supply of IT graduates with relevant skills and qualifications. IT is a progressive industry and it’s a constant requirement that both IT professionals and organisations are up to date with the latest technology changes and developments being introduced into the market. Working in IT is like a trade and the base foundation skills are required along with continual learning on the job,” said EXCOM Education’s Cassandra Ashworth.</p>
<p>”Many IT aspirants are getting caught up in degrees or diplomas that take a year or more to complete, after which they struggle to secure a well-paid IT role simply because they don’t have the skills the market requires,” said Ms Ashworth.</p>
<p>News Limited Chairman and CEO, Rupert Murdoch reinforced the importance of investment in learning and investing in employees in his recent Boyer Lectures. Murdoch insists that without having skilled employees who know how to take advantage of new technologies that adopting such technology would be superfluous. Murdoch also states that employers need to invest in their people and that those who embrace a lifetime of learning will see greater success.</p>
<p>“The industry needs to educate more people about getting the right type of training to maximise their chances of employment and get into the industry quickly to address the ever-widening gap and demand within the market,” said Ms Ashworth.</p>
<p>“There’s a perception by people that a career in the IT industry isn’t as lucrative as a legal, business or marketing career however, IT has one of the highest average salaries, provides job security through ongoing training and development and is one of the most in-demand industries,” said Ms Ashworth.</p>
<p>The outlook for the industry is set to be positive with the demand for new resources continuing to grow into the next quarter according to research by Hays Recruitment. Furthermore, the Australian Computer Society research has found that IT wages and demand is steadily growing despite the current economic crisis.</p>
<p>“We are taking proactive steps to inspire people to look at IT as a path to a progressive and rewarding career with real opportunities through our successful Express IT Training and Job Placement Program,” said Ms Ashworth.</p>
<p>The Express IT Program works closely with each student, giving them real practical experience and current qualifications and providing actual job placement, not unpaid work experience. The Express IT team currently has demand from employers with more than 400 job vacancies from various clients across the nation and graduates being hired within days of graduating from the program.</p>

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