The number of jobs posted online for Australian IT and telecommunications professionals nationally has remained consistent for the second month in a row, according to a new monthly report.
The latest Olivier Internet Job Index report for November 2003 found there was less than a half a percent change in the number of IT and telecommunications (IT&T) jobs recorded online between October and November.
According to the group's latest figures, IT and telecommunications-related jobs represented 7.12 % of the total number of jobs advertised online, trailing after trades and services (18.39%), sales, marketing and customer service (13.10%) and accounting (11.96%).
Out of those jobs relating to IT&T, software development and engineering proved the most popular job type, representing 26.47 %. This was closely followed by management and sales, which represented 25.56 % of all jobs posted online, and network, communications and security, which accounted for 12.88 %.
The same three job categories were also featured as the top three areas for IT and telecommunications advertisements in October 2003.
Hardware again came in as the least popular job area, representing just 1.44 % of all jobs posted online within IT&T.
Commenting on the future of IT&T professionals on the jobs market, Olivier Recruitment Group director Robert Olivier said the industry sector had shown positive growth compared with the same time last year.
But although the impact of the first interest rate hikes earlier this year had not resulted in any decline of jobs online, Olivier wasn't so sure the second recent interest rate rise would turn out as positive.
As a result, Olivier advised those looking for a new job in IT&T "not to wait".
"At this time last year I advised IT professionals to go sit on a beach, and wait for the vacancies to come back. Not this year. IT is holding up, with an 11 % (seasonally adjusted) increase where in previous years it has slipped," he said.
"Don't think about waiting until after the Christmas break."