Workforce Trends Report 2024
The report examines 14 critical trends influencing the future of work that offerinsights into both employee and employer perspectives.
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The report examines 14 critical trends influencing the future of work that offerinsights into both employee and employer perspectives.
Impacts of changing technology priorities on hiring - Australian IT sector in 2024The Australian IT sector is experiencing a significant transformation in hiring trends. The government's continued support for digital transformation and technology startups has traditionally fuelled growth in this sector. However, economic fluctuations, global market trends, and the rapid evolution of technology are reshaping the demand for IT skills. As industries across the country increasingly integrate digital solutions, the demand for specialised IT professionals is becoming more pronounced. This evolving scenario places a unique demand on industry leaders to strategically align their workforce with changing market needs, ensuring that their teams are equipped with the skills required to drive future growth and innovation.Navigating the evolving IT job marketThe latest data from the Experis Tech Talent Outlook (ETTO) report shows hiring intentions within the Australian IT sector declined significantly throughout 2023, driven largely bya shift in the specialist skillsets required by major technologyemployers.1While just 29 per cent of Australian employers expect to increase their headcount in the first quarter of 2024, this cooling in hiring intentions was not unexpected; in fact, it was anticipated after the record-high expectations observed in mid 2023, and reflects a reprioritisation of technology investments across various industries. This shift impacts the type and volume of IT talent required in the market. Large technology employers are now more cautiously evaluating priority projects for the new year in an approach that suggests a focus on strategic hiring aligned with specific organisational needs, rather than mass recruitment. Interestingly, this change is attributed more to the evolving priorities of major technology employers rather than a shortage of IT talent.There are four key areas of interest that are influencing the demand for talent:Generative AI: generative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, including advanced machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) models, are transforming how businesses operate. This trend is driving a high demand for roles in AI development, ethical AI governance, and application integration, as companies leverage these technologies for innovation, personalisation, and efficiency. Consequently, there's an increasing need for skilled professionals who can develop, manage, and ethically implement AI solutions.Automation: automation, underpinned by robotics and AI, is streamlining processes across various industries to replace manual work while enhancing efficiency and accuracy in tasks like data entry, customer service, and even decision-making. This has created a growing demand for professionals with expertise in robotics, process automation, and system integration, alongside those who can oversee and manage these processes.Data and analytics: the ability to analyse and derive insights from vast amounts of data is crucial for business decision-making and strategy. As data becomes more integral to business operations, proficiency in data analytics is becoming a sought-after skill. This trend is fuelling demand for more data scientists, analysts, and engineers who can handle big data, perform complex analyses, and communicate insights effectively.Cyber and digital security: the increased reliance on digital technology has elevated the importance of robust cybersecurity. Businesses are keenly aware of the risks posed by cyber threats and data breaches, leading to heightened demand for cybersecurity professionals. Roles in this field include cybersecurity analysts, engineers, ethical hackers, and compliance/governance specialists, with a focus on protecting organisational data, infrastructure, and digital assets. The trend emphasises the need for both technical skills in security and an understanding of regulatory requirements and risk management.Hiring trends reflect shifting prioritiesFor technology leaders, these trends signal a need for more strategic workforce planning. The focus should be on acquiring skills that align with evolving technology priorities. As demand dynamics shift, businesses must adapt their hiring strategies to secure talent that can drive innovation and meet new market challenges.In the broader industry context, these changes are likely to influence the overall demand levels for IT professionals. Companies may seek more specialised skills to support specific technological advancements or projects, which could lead to increased competition for niche talent, affecting salary expectations and job market dynamics.It’s essential that organisations are aware of these changes and prepare their businesses to navigate the evolving landscape effectively. A strategic approach to talent acquisition and management will be crucial in maintaining competitiveness and driving growth in this evolving environment.
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Specialists at Experis Australia are expecting cybersecurity resources to remain in high demand in 2024 and beyond, despite a nation-wide cooling of hiring intention in the IT industry. “Make no mistake – cyber is always going to be front-of-mind for our customers,” says Kevin Convey, General Manager of Experis Australia. The 2022-2023 financial year was one of the worst for cybersecurity in Australia. According to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s Annual Report, there was a 5% year-on-year increase in the number of Notifiable Data Breaches, with 70% of the 895 reports received being a direct result of malicious or criminal attack. Meanwhile, cyber talent scarcity is at an all-time high in Australia. Migration of technology resources remains stagnant after COVID, and the Australian market struggles to upskill and attract the right cyber talent. While business leaders are continuing to shift their approach to the shortage of cybersecurity specialists in the private sector, the Federal Government is also preparing to implement regulatory changes, with the aim of making Australia “the world’s most cyber secure nation”.In December of 2022, the Federal Minister for Cyber Security and Home Affairs Claire O’Neil, announced the development of the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy, seeking submissions from businesses and experts across the country outlining how the government should improve its cyber infrastructure, defence capabilities, and integration with the private sector. Combined with the $5 billion investment from Microsoft into Australia’s cyber defence capabilities, it is expected the Strategy will drive renewed interest in the recruitment, training, and upskilling of over 30,000 workers and cyber security specialists across the country.“I’m very much looking forward to reading the report,” says Kevin Convey. “It’s refreshing to see the government including businesses in the development process, and Microsoft’s investment will give the industry a massive boost. We all have a responsibility to keep our data safe, and hopefully, the extra attention will encourage more people to pursue a career in cyber.”
Are you an IT specialist? If so, it’ll come as no surprise that you are more or less at liberty to choose your next job. There are only a few fields in which the shortage of skilled workers is currently as severe as in the computer and software industry. In other words, this presents a more than favourable situation for applicants.Nevertheless, you should still make every effort to submit a compelling application. It’s in your best interests to communicate your professional profile in a precise manner, as this will enable you to get a job that actually suits you. In this article, we’ll show you five essential topics that you must cover in your CV.Although the most important factor in determining a successful application is so obvious it should go without saying, applicants often need a helpful reminder: analyse the job posting very carefully! You should do this both to make sure that the job is suitable for you and so that you can then align the five main topics of your application with it. Professional experience In the job market, professional experience is your most value asset – and the same applies in IT. Your work career must be presented in your CV without gaps and to the exact month. However, your primary focus should be on the last few years. You can tailor the wording in detail to the specific requirements of the job posting. As with any application, you should clarify any gaps in your employment history.Make sure you list all the important details: employer, position, title, duration – and also factor in changes in position and promotions with the same employer. If any of your previous jobs are particularly relevant to the current application, you can list projects, achievements, and responsibilities in your CV. For example, you could list one major success for each area. Try to ensure that a common trajectory emerges from your career – one that would ideally culminate in the current position for which you’re applying.Education and training Needless to say, your university education should be clearly presented on your CV. List your course of study, university/college, duration, and specialist areas, especially if they are relevant to the position. Semesters abroad and changes of university are also relevant here. If it fits into the context of the application, you could also mention the topic of your thesis. However, the grade you achieved should always be mentioned in your CV.Not all jobs necessarily require a degree, though. Depending on the position, you may be able to apply with IT vocational training. In this case, you should list the exact title, the company where you trained, and the grade. Lastly, your final school-leaving qualification (with the date) should also be stated.Tech skills Your expertise is centred around your technical IT skills. When describing them, you should emphasize the skills that are relevant for the job. To ensure greater clarity, we recommend you organise the skills by topic. Create a block for programming languages, frameworks, tools, methods (Scrum, etc.), databases, and other categories.When it comes to listing your skills, it’s also crucial that you state how advanced your skills are in each case. Make sure you are honest in your self-assessment, especially if you don’t have any relevant certificates. For example, you could use the 3 skill levels of beginner, intermediate and advanced. Another crucial point is to keep your presentation plausible! Although skills are the be-all and end-all of your application, listing too many skills quickly makes you look untrustworthy.ProjectsThe importance of individual projects is a distinctive feature of IT applications. Since you can illustrate your skills very well based on completed tasks, you should list a selection of interesting projects. If there are quite a few, we would recommend a separate project list with concise descriptions as an appendix. Otherwise, your CV will quickly exceed the usual limit of two pages.For each project, list the name, type, duration, customer/internal client, your responsibility, the methods, and technologies used – and of course the (positive) result. You can also mention particularly noteworthy student projects or private IT projects, provided they are relevant to the job. Links to websites, GitHub, etc. may also be useful.Soft SkillsUnder no circumstances should you overlook soft skills. The somewhat woolly term wrongly suggests a secondary meaning. In fact, these personal, social, and transferable skills are extremely important in the world of work. This is true in IT, where interaction with business departments and their employees is becoming increasingly important. To do this, you need skills such as the ability to work in a team, analytical thinking, critical thinking, flexibility, strong communication skills, and – depending on the job – leadership and project management skills. Ideally, you should also make reference to the career stages in your CV and to relevant projects in the project list.Further tips for your IT-based CVWith these five areas, you have covered everything that makes you the ideal candidate for the advertised position. Particularly good examples of job experience and achievements as well as hard and soft skills can also be briefly mentioned in your cover letter, although they must always blend into the flow of the text. Last but not least, double check that you have thought of all the standards: list all "humanoid" language skills, including native language(s); include your name, address, contact details; enclose certificates as well as testimonials and references. Have you checked off everything? Then we recommend you get a trusted individual to look over your CV again before you send off your IT application.We hope these tips have helped you create a great CV and land your dream IT job!Browse all our available opportunities now to find your perfect role.
Tips for the structure and content of your IT CVIn this blog post, we’ll provide some tips on what your CV in the IT industry should look like and highlight an overview of a well-structured resumé.How is a good IT CV structured?In the IT sector, the most common format is the tabular CV, in which the individual stages are listed in reverse chronological order.This means that the current job role is listed at the top, which helps recruiters to get a quick overview of your current career and level of education.CV templates for the IT sector should look visually appealingChoose a simple, sans-serif font for your CV that is easy to read on screen and visually enhances the CV. Some classics here include Calibri, Arial and Cambria.Formatting with different font sizes and making text bold is fine in moderation and will provide some structure to the CV. Don’t overdo it, however, otherwise the whole thing can quickly become confusing and cluttered.When it comes to the design of the CV, less is more! Don’t go overboard by letting the design distract from the content.You can either create a layout yourself or use one of the many CV templates or sample CVs available online.What should be included in an IT CV?Your CV is a business card showing off your skills and experience.Besides your personal data, a CV is primarily about three things:Your qualificationsYour skillsYour project and professional experience.These three points will help the recruiter decide whether you fit the advertised position. So, convince them with facts and meaningful references that make you stand out from the crowd!Your application will often be read by HR staff, many of whom are not specialists in your field. It is therefore crucial that you:Insert a clear and concise summary of your experience and achievementsState who your former employer was and what position you held thereWhat exactly your tasks and responsibilities were.If you’ve got a degree, state the relevant university, the subject area and the specialisation if applicable, e.g. “Computer science with a focus on business information systems at the University of Hamburg.”Template CV: Project experience and skills are crucial in ITThe best way to present your skills and abilities in the IT sector is to use a tabular system with three or five points. This way, recruiters can directly assess your level of experience and various strengths.Since practical experience is what counts most in the IT sector, references and projects play a crucial role in your CV. Feel free to provide an extra sheet of paper containing a detailed list of projects.Your project list should include:Title of the project and possibly the clientThe duration of the projectYour tasks in the projectThe methods and technologies used, e.g. programming languages, frameworks, software etc.If possible, include a link to the project, e.g. in the Google Play Store or on GitHub.Private projects may be relevant for your IT CV if they are related to your envisaged job in the new company. After all, project experience can also be gained as part of a study project, during an internship or, of course, privately. If you like to write programmes in Java in your spare time, mention this in your CV!If you have authority on Stack Overflow or have worked on some open-source projects, make sure you link to them. These are great references that will help you make a good impression.What else should you look out for in your IT CV?If you want to use a photo in your CV, it should be professionally taken and make you look confident.A scanned signature is not necessary for an online application, but it does make the application more personal and authentic.If requested, write your salary expectations in the cover letter. It should not be mentioned in your CV.Conclusion: Follow this pattern if you want a convincing IT CVArrange the CV in tabular form with your most recent jobs and experience listed first.The layout should be clear, and formatting should be chosen carefully.Hobbies and personal details may also be included in the CV if they are relevant to the advertised position.A well-structured list of your IT skills and projects is the most important part of your CV.Make sure you are realistic when stating your level of knowledge for individual skills, otherwise this could lead to an awkward conversation in the interview or once you’re employed.All projects belong in the project list, regardless of whether it was a study project, a private hobby or a previous work project.If you want to use a photo in your CV, it should be professionally taken and make you look confident.Don't be afraid of ready-made CV templates and sample IT CVs. You can find lots of suitable templates online, into which you can just enter your details directly.We hope these tips have helped you create a great CV and land your dream IT job!Browse all our available opportunities now to find your perfect role.
With the Australian technology sector currently navigating a period of revolutionary change, the challenges facing employers of IT talent are continuing to mount. As critical talent shortages impacted many industries over the past decade, the IT industry was particularly hard-hit. Post-COVID, the closure of international borders made the shortage of available technology talent in Australia even more acute. Today, even with migrant talent flows returning to near pre-pandemic volumes, the IT industry continues to feel the talent squeeze. In the decade-long rush to meet the demands of priority projects, the IT sector seems to have lost sight of one key demographic – women.Unfortunately, women are heavily underrepresented in both the Australian and global technology sector. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals just 29% of the Australian ICT workforce are female, an extraordinary statistic and an insight into an area that could prove pivotal to reducing the IT talent crunch in the years ahead.Across the board we know-governments, schools, and universities are proactively targeting young females and working to ignite a passion for a career in technology, but that is a long-term strategy of which the benefits will not be seen for many years. Surely there is more that organisations can be doing right now to attract, welcome and engage women into technology roles.And here's the exciting part - diverse teams excel. Studies have repeatedly shown that companies with more than 30% female representation in executive roles outperform those with fewer or no female executives.It’s time to reverse this trend of under-representation. Challenging Stereotypes Technology companies need to bust the stereotype that “you must be technically skilled to work in technology industry”. According to Vanessa Sorenson, Chief Partner Officer at Microsoft ANZ, the perception that women don’t have the right skills has stopped 59% of women surveyed from pursuing a digital career.Despite the preconceived notion that a job in the technology industry is heavily dependent on programming and technical skills, Vanessa highlights that these skills can be learned, and technology projects also require creativity, good people skills and communication. Attracting and Retaining Women in TechnologyTo secure a competitive edge, technology companies need to nurture a passion for technology from a young age. Currently, only 21% of students enrolled in university IT courses are women. It's critical that females are encouraged to cultivate their interest in technology throughout their teenage years. Partnering with and supporting existing networks of female technology industry mentors focuses on converting an interest in technology into a degree and/or a profession, marking a great starting point for organisations wanting to move the needle regarding female representation in the industry.Empowering Women in LeadershipThe under-representation of women in technology extends into the leadership sphere, leading many young, emerging female technology professionals to become disenfranchised. Given the number of women hired for IT leadership positions globally rose from 33.3% in 2016 to 36.9% in 2022 suggests that unconscious biases still exists within the industry, despite efforts to change. Ways to address this imbalance includes proactively engaging females with development opportunities, as well as creating mentorship and support groups within organisations.The future of the Australian IT sector is a vibrant one, where diversity and inclusion reign supreme. By focusing on the positive steps, we can take, we can unlock the full potential of female talent, and strengthen the Australian technology industry.
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Want to make a great impression in your interview and win that opportunity? Its all in the preparation, here are some interview tips to help! From researching the company to handling interview questions, make sure you make an excellent impression and ace your next interview by following these tips for your job InterviewResearch the role, company, and industryResearch the company to go to your interview with a solid understanding of the job requirements, including how your background and experience make you a great fit. Most candidates will look at the company website, but the job interview is not a test on whether you can read their website. Make sure you research the role, company, and industry online. Research the interviewer or their position in the company and who their competitors are.Understand your selling points To be a successful applicant, communicate your selling points during the job interview and ensure the interviewer understands them. Plan three to five key selling points that make you are the best candidate for the job. Get ready to tell the interviewer why you want this job, what interested you about the job description, and the benefits you find valuable. Your interviewer needs to know you are interested in the job before they consider offering you the job.Think like a recruiter.If there is a great job in the market, then chances are, you are not the only applicant. So, interviewers always find ways to screen people out. If you were a Recruiter, what questions would you ask? Put yourself in their shoes and ask why they may not want to hire you Try to make a good relationship between you and the recruiter. For example, you can say, “I would love the chance to learn about you, the company, the job description and let you understand more about me, and this will help you see if the job will be a good match.”Prepare for common interview questions.Prepare your answers for common interview questions such as “tell me about yourself and why you are interested in this role with our company?” These common questions quickly communicate who you are and what value you will bring to the company and role. You should prepare your answers to ensure you present as confident and articulate during the actual interview.Have questions for the interviewer.Almost always, interviewers will ask if you have any questions, and you should have one or two questions ready. If you say, “Not really,” the interviewer may judge that you are not interested in the job or the company. Questions such as “How would you explain the responsibilities of this job position?” and “can you describe the working culture of this organisation?” are good all-around questions you can ask the interviewer.Practice makes perfectRehearsing is the best way to be prepared for a job interview. Practicing your response and technique will help you feel comfortable during the job interview, boost your interview skills and increase your chances of landing your dream job. You can practice with a professional, ask a family member or friend to help, or practice yourself. And you can use online interview preparation tools as wellFirst impressions matterResearch shows it can take less than five minutes for a person to judge a person based on your body language, physical appearance, attire, attitude, and gestures. Therefore, start the interview with enthusiasm and energy, and don’t forget to thank the interviewer for their time. Start the conversation with a positive comment about the company, such as “I’ve been looking forward to working with your company,” or “the company is doing an excellent job with a (field or project), and I am excited to be part of the project.”Handle illegal and inappropriate interview questions.Before the job interview, it is important to know your rights, and the questions recruiters and employers cannot ask an interviewee. Asking questions about your race, age, gender, religion, marital status, and sexual orientation is inappropriate and sometimes even illegal. Some examples for Illegal and inappropriate questions are “how many kids do you have?”, or” do you have any religious beliefs?”. If this happens to you, try and take this as an opportunity to subtly remind the interviewer it is a personal question, but you can also use it as an opportunity to pivot the conversation towards the strengths that you do have that apply to the role.Body language during the job interviewBody language during a job interview plays an essential role in making or breaking your role. The way you present yourself leaves a significant impact on your interviewer. Dress appropriately. Use confident, accessible body language. Make eye contact when you are speaking. Avoid touching your face frequently. Smile wherever and whenever appropriate. Occasionally use hand gestures to express yourself.Close on a positive note.Ending job interviews on a high note will leave the interviewer with the impression you’re an interested, capable and reliable candidate who has what it takes to get the job done. Make sure you end the interview positively, explaining why you think you are the best person for the job.Have a copy of your resume handy.Have a copy of your resume handy for the interview. This shows the interviewer you are prepared, but will also save your interviewer time so they can focus more on connecting with you. Sometimes this is not applicable with modern technology as most of the interviews are now Zoom, Teams meetings, so have a soft copy of your resume ready on file to send to them during or immediately after the job interview has concluded. Ace the “Tell me about yourself.”Get ready for the “tell me about yourself” are frequently asked at the start of interviews to get the conversation started. The idea is to communicate who you are and what values and capabilities you will bring to the company and the role. How do you respond? Bring up past experiences and proven successes as they specifically relate to the job position. Then, focus on strengths, values, and abilities that you can support with examples. The “Tell me about yourself” job interview question is about getting to know you; it is a good idea to share your personality with your interviewer.Follow up with a thank-you note.If you have reached the stage of your job search where you are sending thank-you notes, you are almost at the finish line! It’s polite and advantageous for your job search to send a thank-you email or letter. When writing a thank you note, you will need to write about what you learned, your enthusiasm for the job, why you are a great fit, and anything important related to experience, skills, or other valuable information that you forgot.If you follow the above great interview tips on your job search, you will be the ideal candidate for the job. In addition, this article will be a good career guide for your next best-paid IT job in Australia. Check out our job opportunities to start your new career today. 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