Hiring activity rife in public sector as appetite for digital transformation continues

Demand hotspots span website revamps, payment gateways, digitisation of records and intranet projects.

By Holly Morgan
June 7, 2017


"Organisations frequently request candidates with specific domain knowledge and experience with a particular technology or project type. Agile Project Managers and Business Analysts are also sought for projects such as website revamps, payment gateways and the digitisation of records and intranet projects."

In looking at the private sector, the report revealed that security, system/infrastructure engineers with cloud experience with Azure and AWS and DevOps remain focus areas for employers.

Meanwhile, mobile development is growing as organisations diversify their digital strategy across multiple platforms.

"With no limit to the opportunities mobile applications can provide, it's hard to predict when demand will plateau, particularly as new dynamics are added, such as augmented and virtual reality," Hays said.

NoSQL databases such as MongoDB are expected to become a lot more popular, with demand for technologies surrounding cloud and big data.

As enterprises continue to move more applications and services to the cloud, on-demand integration is critical to ensure connectivity through all aspects of enterprise ecosystems.

Consequently, Hays said that strong communication and influencing skills as well as the ability to translate complex, technical jargon to business colleagues is essential.

In particular, the recruitment firm flagged Mulesoft professionals, UX designers, Dynamics CRM developers and business intelligence as hotspots of demand in the private sector.

Just last month, The IT Professionals Association (ITPA) claimed local tech firms are abusing the 457 visa system by hiring international staff for entry level IT support positions rather than local graduates.

According to the association's director, Martin Hale, temporary work data from the government's data.gov.au website suggested there has been an unprecedented rise in 457 visas being issued to IT support workers over the past 10 years.

Hays also found that the growth rate for 457 visas granted to entry level occupations including systems administration and IT support swelled by over 480 per cent over the decade of 2005/06 - 2015/16.

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