ICT Trends Article April 2016: Rewarding Career

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1 ICT Trends Rewarding Career Supply and Demand A quick glance at this months Seek ICT job advert figure (Fig.1) indicates a 5 percent drop on the March figure of 2065, and represents a decline of 4.3 percent on this time last year. The NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) jobs online monthly report for March 2016 states that while the all vacancies index increased by 0.7 percent, IT increased by just 0.1 percent over the month, 16 February to 16 March. Over the year to March, job vacancies increased in all of the industry groups, up 7.9 percent, while IT vacancies fell by 4.1 per cent. One might be forgiven for assuming, based on these recent trends that the demand for ICT skills is starting to cool off quite the opposite according to a number of articles posted over the last month, especially in relation to remuneration rates. New Zealand A NZ Herald article with the headline: How much is your degree worth? Big bucks for the right graduates, has revealed new data indicating how much graduates are earning up to nine years after gaining their degree. Graduates, who study engineering and information technology, and health-related degrees, are among those who can expect the most financial pay-off. The spread of earnings sees bachelor graduates in information systems in the upper quartile earning $95,766 in year nine a very attractive remuneration proposition! Australia A survey of CIOs, conducted by the recruitment firm Robert Half, reveals that a growing supply and demand imbalance for specialised and hard-to-fill IT roles is going to drive a rise in starting salaries. The IT industry is in the middle of a five year growth cycle, as projected by the Australian Government, with an anticipated 14.2 percent increase in the demand for IT appointments over this period. The five top IT jobs, according to Robert Half, are Business Intelligence Developers, Infrastructure Managers, ERP Functional Consultant/CRM Consultants, Enterprise Architects and (IT) Project Managers. Table 1 indicates the current demand in NZ, based on the Robert Half defined Australian top five job categories, together with indicative salaries. Australia Top 5 IT Jobs (Based on a Survey by Robert Half) NZ Current Seek ICT Job Ads - April 2016 Indicative Salary Hudson ICT Salary Tables 2015 Business Intelligence Developers 29 $90k to $140k Infrastructure Managers 123 $80k to $120 ERP Functional Consultant/CRM Consultants 3/33 $90k to $120k Enterprise Architects 87 $120k to $170k Project Managers (Intermediate to senior level) 380 $80k to $170k Table 1 NZ Demand for IT Jobs based on the Category of Australian Top 5 IT Jobs USA An IT News item, featuring the headline Why Data Scientist is the Hottest Tech Job in Retail refers to data scientists as unicorns because they are so hard to find. With big data now permeating every industry, its a job that requires the right people to extract knowledge and insights. Acquiring advanced predictive analytics, based on the collection, management and analysis of supply chain data, helps executives make more intuitive, accurate and reliable decisions. The retail industry is experiencing a shortfall of suitably qualified applicants for these positions with McKinsey projecting a 40 to 60 percent shortfall by 2018. One of the main reasons for the predicted http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports/jobs-onlinehttp://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports/jobs-onlinehttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11614191http://www.itwire.com/it-people-news/enterprise-staff/72217-it-salary-increases-on-the-horizon-says-recruitment-firm.htmlhttp://nz.hudson.com/portals/nz/documents/salary%20guides/2015/SalaryTables2015-NZ-ICT-preview.pdfhttp://nz.hudson.com/portals/nz/documents/salary%20guides/2015/SalaryTables2015-NZ-ICT-preview.pdfhttp://www.itnews.com/article/3055833/retail/why-data-scientist-is-the-hottest-tech-job-in-retail.html?token=%23tk.ITN_nlt_ITnews_Daily_2016-04-13&idg_eid=9a88c14d7e1afa164d92d6db268049b3&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ITnews%20Daily%202016-04-13&utm_term=ITnews_Daily2 shortfall is that universities have been slow to develop programmes that address the issue. It helps to explain why finding the right people in this specialised area is proving challenging and salary demands are increasing. There are currently five jobs advertised for Data Scientists on Seek ICT with an indicative salary of $100k plus. A detailed account of the NZ ICT job advert trends follows. Current Job Adverts The total number of Seek ICT Job adverts for April 2016 is 1960, which is down by 4.3 percent on April 2015 (Fig.1) and represents a decline of 5 percent on last months figure of 2065. This decrease reflects a similar trend that occurred at the same time last year (End of the financial year?). Next month Seek ICT job adverts should increase by between 10 and 15 percent if the similarity in yearly trends continues. Fig.1 Seek ICT Job Adverts Monthly Trends 2010 2016 (April) While the number of Trademe IT job adverts for April (Fig.2) is down by 4 percent on the same time last year, the April figure represents an increase of 7.5 percent on last month, in contrast with the Seek ICT job advert decline of 5 percent. 3 Fig.2 Seek ICT & Trademe IT Job Advert Trends to April 2016 The Wellington region leads a downward trend in Seek ICT job adverts for this month, down 13 percent, with Waikato bucking the trend, up 8 percent (Fig.3). Fig.3 Seek ICT Job Advert Trends Monthly Change for March - April 2016 Figure 4 provides a detailed record of the Seek ICT job advert trends by region for the year to date. 4 Fig.4 Seek ICT Job Advert Monthly Trends to April 2016 Conclusion In spite of a recent downward trend for Seek ICT job adverts, and as recorded by the MBIE jobs online monthly reports, a number of topical articles published online locally, and from around the globe, portray a vibrant and growing industry. A mounting shortage of ICT specialists, including Data Scientists, Project Managers, and IT Security Professionals (Refer ICT Trends: Contrasts in Demand) is driving global increases in remuneration, as evidenced in recent survey reports. Predicted world-wide growth in demand, coupled with falling numbers of ICT tertiary qualified graduates, helps underpin the NZ Herald March headline; How much is your degree worth?; Big bucks for the right graduates. Increases in demand and shortages of supply will continue to provide a challenge to everyone with a vested interest in the growth and health of the ICT industry. News Bytes: A to Z Australia ITWire: IT salary increases on the horizon says recruitment firm Growing supply and demand imbalance for specialised & hard-to-fill IT roles will drive rise in starting salaries Europe Channelnomics: New Europe-wide industry standard could 'help tackle ICT skills gap' The e-CF is the ideal tool to help tackle Europe's alarming ICT skills gap. NZ NZ Herald: How much is your degree worth; big bucks for graduates Studying information technology provides graduates with pay-off. NZ MBIE: Latest Jobs Online Report (March 2016) ICT down 4.1% for the year to March; up 0.1% February to March. NZ MBIE Labour Market Reports: Short term employment forecasts 2016 to 2019 Demand for ICT Network & Support professionals forecast to grow by 4.3% from 2016 to 2019. NZ Scoop Education: SAP launches Young ICT Explorers programme in NZ The skills shortage in the NZ ICT industry is an ongoing challenge. Young ICT Explorers programme addresses two http://techblog.nz/categories/12-ICTTrends/1084-ICTTrendsContrastsinDemandhttp://www.itwire.com/it-people-news/enterprise-staff/72217-it-salary-increases-on-the-horizon-says-recruitment-firm.htmlhttp://www.channelnomics.eu/channelnomics-eu/news/2453782/new-europe-wide-industry-standard-could-help-tackle-ict-skills-gaphttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11614191http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports/jobs-onlinehttp://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports/forecasting/short-term-employment-forecasts/short-term-employment-forecasts-2016-2019/extended-data-table-1http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1604/S00038/sap-launches-young-ict-explorers-programme-in-nz.htm5 SA Disrupt: South African entrepreneurs should stay at home and solve real challenges Coding school launched in South Africa in bid to tackle youth unemployment & answer the ICT skills shortage. UK Engineering & Technology Magazine: Preparing students for STEM careers Sheffield Hallam University has secured a 50,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to deliver a STEM skills development programme to more than 300 young people and students. USA ComputerWorld: IT Salary Survey 2016: Highlights For the eighth year running, app dev has topped the list of skills in hiring demand. USA ComputerWorld: IT Salary Watch In 2016, a typical App dev can expect to earn an average compensation of $91,092. USA IT News: Why Data Scientist is the hottest tech job in retail They have been called unicorns, because they are so hard to find- sexiest job of the 21th century. USA NetworkWorld: So, you want to be a security pro? Read this first According to DICE, the number of security jobs skyrocketed by more than 40% from 2014 to 2015, to 50,000 openings. 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