IT job ads down in January

Olivier Job Index reports IT job ads below national average

IT job ads decreased slightly in January, down 0.28 percent, and fell behind the national average, according to the latest results from the Olivier Job Index.

Across the board job ads rose 3.59 percent and grew faster than the previous two Januaries. The growth was in permanent positions, while casual positions contracted.

According to Olivier Group director, Robert Olivier, the fact that the amount of IT job ads in the market at the end of January matched the amount on offer at the end of November, was a sign of further confidence in the sector.

“It gives me confidence that although IT is still far from the stand-out sector, what’s happening is encouraging,” he said.

“The things that are sending the market wobbly at the moment will affect retail and consumer confidence, but when it comes to IT projects, if companies made a commitment to move on it in November, it won’t stop in January.”

Software development and engineering jobs grew 3.36 percent and accounted for 37 percent of all advertised IT jobs.

Across the states, IT job ads were down in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, 0.44, 4.48 and 8.14 respectively. In Queensland, IT job ads grew 9.91 percent.

Meanwhile, a recruitment expert has warned job seekers to stop focusing on job security to obtain a more rewarding career.

Last week, recruitment firm Hudson released its latest ICT salary guide, which showed recovery in the IT jobs market could begin to take its toll on contract positions.

The 2010 ICT Salary Guide predicts that companies will reduce their contract positions in favour of permanent staff this year. In New South Wales alone, contract rates decreased from 10 to 30 percent from this time last year.

The guide also revealed ICT projects put on hold during 2009 will pick up again.

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