Computer programmers and analysts among the most in-demand jobs in Australia


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Software programmers and business and computer systems analysts are among the most in-demand occupations in Australia despite a decline in overall IT vacancies.

According to the federal government’s National Skills Commission (NCS) Priority Skills List 2022, software, applications and programmers are the second most in-demand skills behind nursing.

ICT Business and Systems Analysts ranked ninth on the top 20 list.

The ranking was based on job postings from the Internet Vacancy Index, which the NCS says comes from the monthly average from June to August 2022.

The NCS ranking lines up with data from jobs website SEEK, which found that programmers and developers were the most frequently listed occupation, followed by business and systems analysts in August this year.

SEEK’s September analysis also showed that developers and programmers were the most in demand, followed by business and systems analysts, then software engineers.

However, monthly demand for these positions has plummeted over the past month, with recorded listing declines of 9%, 5% and 4%, respectively.

As an industry, IT job openings were down 5.4% month-over-month according to SEEK’s latest report. Employee Dashboard report, which is up from August’s 4.9% drop.

Breaking down job postings by state and territory, the Northern Territory was the region with the largest decline, registering a 26.6% decline.

Tasmania followed with 8.8%, closely followed by NSW with an 8.7% drop.

This is followed by Victoria at 6.8%, South Australia at 6%, Western Australia at 5.7% and ACT at 3%.

Queensland was the only state not to register a decline in enrollment, recording growth of 3.4%.

The drop in IT industry registrations was largely in line with the drop in all job openings for the country, down 5.2%, a jump from the 0.6% drop in August. .

SEEK Australia and New Zealand chief executive Kendra Banks said it was the second time this year it had recorded an overall decline, with all but four industries registering a fall.

“The extra holiday in the month probably had an impact, as all holidays tend to do, but the market is still very tight,” she said.

“Volumes are higher than at this time last year and higher than the pre-pandemic level, so we’re a long way from calling the end of the Great Job Boom.”

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