Uncertainty over how much Federal government policy will get through the Senate appears to be affecting hiring plans across all sectors, including IT. According to Hudson's Employment Trends report, only 21.2 per cent of organisations intend to hire new staff this quarter.
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That figure is almost identical to the hiring intentions for ICT professionals (21.1%). Conversely, 26.4 per cent of organisations expect to hire more ICT contractors.
"Businesses are clearly focused on transformation and are using contractors to bring in specialist expertise and to provide future flexibility depending on economic conditions," Hudson executive general manager Dean Davidson said. The lesson? Don't dismiss contracting if you've been having trouble finding a role.