Which IT skills are in hot demand this year?

PHP and Drupal developers are two of a variety of skills being sought after in the first half of 2018 in Australia.

Samira Sarraf Jan 12th 2018

PHP and Drupal developers are just two of a variety of sought after skills as demand heats up this year, according to a new report. 

The Hays Specialist Recruitment report, which covers January to June 2018, pointed out that PHP demand will grow as more organisations use the language. Large corporations will also seek out Drupal developers.

"Already the limited number of people with Drupal skills has seen suitable candidates command a considerable salary increase before moving from their current role," the report said.

Government departments were also on the look out for people with SAP data migration skills, which will increase the need for BI (business intelligence) and data migration analysts, Hays said.

Other IT skills that are expected to be in high demand up to June 2018 include native iOS and Android developers, Microsoft SQL BI developers, devOps, network engineers and architects with software defined network (SDN) and network functions virtualisation expertise and security experts from analysts to architects.

"Candidates with web, mobile, application and security operation experience will be required. Australia is adapting to the growing demand for experienced professionals across security and is candidate short," according to the report.

Information security professionals focusing on governance, risk and compliance will be in demand in preparation for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Data from the 2016 Census revealed that the average wage for an IT security specialist grew by 33 per cent from 2011 to 2016, from $84,864 to $112,996.

Network engineers with higher-level certificates will also be sought across the public sector, according to Hays.

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Some of the top trends in recruitment will be fuelled by data science and digital technology, as well as using virtual reality to enhance a jobseeker’s profile resulting in up-skilling benefits.

“The overall theme is that of technology changing historic norms in recruitment, from using data science analytics to help identify the most suitable person to the virtualisation of the screening process and the growing demand for high-skilled professionals in response to digitalisation technologies,” Hays in Australia and New Zealand managing director, Nick Deligiannis, said.

“These changes present opportunities for adaptable and innovative employers and jobseekers to stand out and secure top talent or their next job,” Deligiannis added.

Hays also pointed out those professionals that will remain relevant such as full stack .Net developers, full stack Java developers, JavaScript developers.

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"There is a particular shortage of developers who have built applications with these technologies in a commercial environment, particularly Node.JS, Angular.JS & React.JS," stated the report.

Azure/AWS developers along with UI/UX developers and designers will continue to be in demand as employers look to improve the customer experience. 

The finance, insurance, utilities and retail industries are all competing for top talent cybersecurity and devOps specialists, according to Hays.

With the banking and securities sector in Australia set to spend $15.1 billion on technology products and services in 2018, according to research firm Gartner, finance technology professionals will also be in high demand.

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