Wondering which area of IT to specialise in? A study by job ads site indeed has identified the advertised vacancies which remain unfilled after 90 days or more, providing a pointer to the area where skills are lacking.
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"Although unemployment is rising, there is a set of jobs that are increasingly remaining chronically unfilled, and the biggest of these is in the IT and software industry," Indeed senior vice president Paul D'Arcy told Lifehacker. "What we're seeing is in Australia is you have two very separate labour markets. You have a set of high demand, very specialised roles most of which require scientific and technical skills, and those skills are in very high demand."
Right now, the most difficult IT role to fill in Australia appears to be quality assurance engineers. 9.2% of those roles don't get filled within three months of being advertised.
Here are the 20 most difficult to fill roles and the percentage that remain unfilled after 90 days.
|#||Role||Unfilled after 90 days|
|2||First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers||9.40%|
|3||Sales Representatives, Services, All Other||9.20%|
|4||Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers||8.90%|
|6||Sales and Related Workers, All Other||8.80%|
|8||Computer Software Engineers, Applications||8.50%|
|9||Network and Computer Systems Administrators||8.40%|
|10||Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts||8.30%|
|11||Personal Financial Advisors||18.60%|
|13||Accountants and Auditors||12.70%|
|14||Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Agents||13.00%|
|15||Computer Systems Analysts||12.30%|
|16||Training and Development Specialists||11.40%|
|18||Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks||10.90%|
|19||Human Resources Managers||10.90%|
|20||Computer and Information Systems Managers||10.70%|