As ever, it varies depending on your specialty, but demand for IT professionals remains strong and some areas actually saw pay rises, according to the latest quarterly survey from recruitment company Peoplebank.
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Most pay rises in the June-August quarter generally matched CPI increases, and tended to go to people who hadn't seen an increase over the last year, Peoplebank found. So it's not evidence of a massive increase, but it's clearly better than seeing the figures decline. Demand for IT staff has actually risen in Sydney, Perth and Canberra, while it stayed constant in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Peoplebank CEO Peter Acheson highlighted some areas where demand was stronger:
Unlike overseas markets such as Europe, where IT investments reflected a drive to cut costs, Australian enterprises were implementing systems refreshes and upgrades to expand business capacity. This was especially the case in the enterprise and resources sectors, as well as in the utilities sector in NSW and Victoria. This investment in new capabilities was also evident in the types of jobs in hottest demand, such as for IT workers with business analysis, project management .NET and the next generation web skills.