IT jobseekers put on hold
FEWER job opportunities are predicted in the information, communication and technology industry this year as the number of vacancies declines, says the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association.
Chief executive Julie Mills says vacancies for ICT professionals dropped 20.1 per cent in 2011.
Its data also shows it is taking longer for recruiters and employers to find and hire candidates.
She says those searching for employment need to focus on understanding the areas where demand exists, whether it be location or skill set.
But she says regardless of the economic outlook now and in the future, there will always be a need for a skilled IT workforce.
‘‘ By continuing to develop a diverse range of services in partnership with clients . . . recruiters can be confident that this necessary core IT workforce will always ensure a demand,’’ she says.
Sky News TV anchor David Speers.