Newy Tech Jobs: May 2021 Update

Here is our market update for the month of May, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to Newy Tech Jobs Update for May, 2021.

So, we’ve had a really strong month in May. Tech recruiting across the board is mental, it’s mental in Newcastle, it’s mental across Australia. There’s two key real drivers for this. It’s one, there’s a lot of people in the tech industry, who are actually sent home on visas during the pandemic, and then the flow on effect from that. Also we’ve had no people coming into the country on visas which is really limiting the tech talent pool. So tech recruitment across the board is absolutely mental at the moment. It’s the hardest I’ve ever experienced in finding really quality tech talent. And we’re having a flow on effect with a lot of companies advertising on Seek. So when it comes to the actual numbers, we had 169 jobs advertised on Seek in the Newcastle tech market during last month. So that is the highest we’ve actually recorded since February, 2020. So pre-pandemic. That’s the highest that we’ve experienced since.

So, massive numbers, really strong advertising across the board. So what that looks like that’s a 23% increase month on month and 92% increase year on year. So May last year, we were obviously right in the thick of things, we’re in lockdown. So 92% increase. That’s obviously nearly a double increase on last year. It was at 23% on last month, which was a pretty strong month in itself. So what it should show you is the competitiveness for talent in the Newcastle tech market is really challenging. And the competitiveness is really high at the moment. When it comes to the types of jobs being advertised, there’s opportunities across the board. We’ve always seen a strong need for software development talent in Newcastle. That has continued. We’ve definitely seen, an increase in the project space BA and PM roles have been around, and then all sort of variations of that, as well. We’re seeing some sort of technical product analyst roles. We’ve seen some systems analysts, and also integration roles come up. So I think there’s opportunities really across the board. So if you’re in the tech industry and you haven’t had a look around what’s going on, you’re not absolutely loving your job at the moment, I would definitely say reach out to us.

There’s probably an opportunity out there for you, at the moment. Secondly, to that the tech market in Newcastle from a salary perspective is all heading North. Salaries have risen reason across the board. Since the pandemic, the competitiveness for tech talent has led to companies becoming more and more competitive when it comes to offers on the table. I will be releasing our salary guide next month. So, within the next four or five weeks that salary guide will be out giving people a really good understanding of what is going on in the salary market in Newcastle.

Keep an eye out for that. Hopefully, it might surprise you with how much salaries have increased in your space, in Newcastle. Until next month, hope you have a great month and we’ll speak to you then with the updated stats.

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Newy Tech Jobs: April 2021 Update

Here is our market update for the month of April, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to The NewyTechJobs Update for April 2021. So, a really positive month in April for the Newcastle technology scene. So, we had 137 jobs posted on Seek in the technology sector for Newcastle and the greater Hunter area. So that is a really positive month, our biggest month of the year to date. So, a positive month showing a lot of activity, a lot of hiring in the Newcastle technology scene. As far as the numbers go, in comparison to times gone past, it was up 1% month on month, which again is a positive sign for 2021, but it’s also up 149% year on year. So, this time last year we were in the absolute height of the pandemic.

Definitely not a great deal of hiring going on in the technology scene. About 49 jobs being posted this time last year. So, big increase which is nice to see, showing a lot of the activity that’s going on and the investment in technology that’s happening locally. When it comes to the type of jobs being posted, we are continuing to see an uptick from a projects based investment. So a lot of business analysts, systems analysts and project managers being hired at the moment.

There’s roles being advertised across the board on Seek. Anything from some smaller companies to the bigger companies and the enterprise level organisations around Newcastle are hiring in that project space. So, exciting times for those in and around the business analysis and project management space. This time last year, there was next to no project work going on. So really nice to see for the Newcastle technology scene that increased investment in technology. And projects we tend to see that investment in projects now. We’ll tend to see that flow on effect where we’re getting more and more roles being hired down the track. Outside of project space, we’re seeing an ongoing need for software engineers, software developers. So, that has been a trend for as long as we’ve been recording these updates and looking at the statistics across Newcastle.

Software engineers are in high demand. If you’re a software engineer, and you haven’t looked at the opportunities out there or if you haven’t had a pay review in 12 months, I’d definitely think it’s worth your while having a look at that. Software engineering, there’s roles across the board from junior levels to medium. We’re now seeing that increase for those principal and senior level dev roles, which is really nice to see, that interest and activity around the higher levels. Good opportunity for senior developers to have a look around. When we’re looking at contracting and permanent roles, we always try and have a look at that balance. With that increase in the projects space, we are definitely seeing an increase in contracting opportunities, as opposed to full time permanent roles.

The contracting opportunities are on offer at the moment, tend to be 6 months plus so we’re looking at some 12 month fixed term contracts but definitely some more day rate contracting in and around that 6 month mark as well. So, good opportunities for contractors whilst permanent remains strong in Newcastle. That’s it for the month of April. We’re actually working currently on our salary guide which will give people an indication into what are the salary bandings going on for Newcastle at the moment. That should be released within the next two months. Thanks to everyone that participated in our salary survey. We should have that salary data out for you very soon.

Thanks again for listening and I’ll be back for the statistics in the month of May.

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Newy Tech Jobs: March 2021 Update

Here is our market update for the month of March, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to the Newy Tech Jobs update for March, 2021.

So in March we’ve actually seen a really positive result, having 121 jobs posted on Seek in the Newcastle category for technology. So 121 jobs posted for the technology industry in Newcastle during March. So really positive result. Down 5% year on year which I guess the start of COVID last year, but up 27% on February this year. So we’re seeing a big increase, month on month, which is a positive sign. March is a slightly longer month which should give an increase anyway, but, you know, 27% increase is pretty significant. So nice to see the activity there for both clients and recruitment companies advertising tech roles in Newcastle.

As a whole, what are we seeing in the market? It’s a lot of the same. It’s a lot of activity. A lot of companies trying to hire for tech professionals. This isn’t only tech based companies, but also just companies across the board, hiring tech based professionals, to help drive their companies. And we’re going to continue to see a rise in that. There’ll either be a need for technology professionals in most companies going forward and companies are continuing to invest in that capability.

When we have a look at who’s advertising there is a continual rise in private advertisers advertising more than recruitment companies on Seek in the technology market. There’s a couple of reasons for that. From a recruitment company perspective, I think the quality of applicants from Seek as a whole has diminished over the last couple of years. Technology professionals know that they are in demand. There’s definitely more roles out there than there are professionals for those roles. So technology professionals are being tapped on the shoulder through LinkedIn, through other networks, for opportunities. And I think that’s more successful at the moment than people actually applying for roles through Seek. Technology professionals in general are in demand.

So they’re going to have opportunities whether they’re out there applying through Seek or not. That’s not to say there aren’t quality tech professionals out there applying for roles. It’s just that the numbers or the quality have definitely diminished over the last couple of years. Second reason, I think a lot of companies at the moment are cost conscious. So they will try to advertise a role on Seek themselves before working with the recruitment company. I cannot blame a company for being cost conscious or having a look at their budgets. Again, I think the quality of Seek applicants, you can place roles through Seek, it’s just not as easy as it once was.

When we are having a look at the type of roles being advertised, the rise in projects in 2021 is continuing. So it’s really positive to see, the rise in project managers, business analysts, business systems analyst roles being advertised and recruited. Some of these are on project teams and fixed term contracts. A couple of them are on permanent basis, but the rise in BAs and PMs means that there are companies investing in technology projects which is really positive to see.

Secondly to that and no surprise to anyone, there is a continual need for software development professionals for a lot of companies out there. Software development professionals are in demand. And there are a lot of companies trying to advertise, trying to recruit software developers. I would say to any company looking to hire in the software development space, you have to start to look outside the box. You might have to look at somebody who doesn’t have your exact tech stack experience and they might take some learning to come up to speed.

You might have to look at remote work. You might have to look at other levers you can pull to make your company stand out from the best. So I think software developers in particular do have many options and there are different motivators for different people. I think remote work is one, salary is one, the actual tech stack and projects they will be working on is a third. And between those three, I guess levers or aspects, they are things that can help you become an attractive employer of choice for software developers.

So project work, software developers, definitely, I guess the top two categories at the moment being advertised. There are some speckles in the security space the devOps space and the data space. So it’s nice to see this. Some pretty well-rounded opportunities across the board for tech professionals. They are positive signs for the Newcastle technology scene. So across the board really positive news for March.

Along with that, we’re definitely seeing a lot of salaries increase for technology professionals in Newcastle. I would say our salaries are getting very, very close to on par with the likes of roles being advertising in Brisbane. Slightly short of roles in Melbourne, and Sydney again is that next level up. So I don’t think we compare with Sydney salaries at the moment, but definitely on par with Brisbane and getting closer to Melbourne. So that is a really good sign for tech professionals here locally that they can work in a role local in Newcastle and work on a very competitive salary.

On the salary note, we are actually working on a salary guide right now here at NewyTechPeople. We’ll release that within the next couple of months we’re going to have some salary bandings for roles across the board in technology.

So we will have some information for both employers looking to hire what you’re going to need to be paying people to attract people to your company. And also some information for candidates out there to see where they fit, and making sure that they’re being paid on par with the rest of the industry. So hopefully that information is super valuable for our Newcastle technology scene.

Thank you for your time today. I will be back next month with an update and hopefully more positive news on the activity front with hiring and advertising for technology roles in Newcastle.

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Newy Tech Jobs: February 2021 Update

Here is our market update for the month of February, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to the Newy Tech Jobs update for February 2021.

In the month of February we have seen 95 jobs posted in Seek, in Newcastle technology industry. So that result is actually down. It’s down 14% month on month and down 29% year on year. Obviously at a really high level that looks pretty negative looks like our industry or the hiring, or advertising of jobs in the Newcastle technology scene is negative or not obviously thriving. What we’re actually anecdotally seeing though is a really positive market. There are a couple of factors that may have come in to play. Seek have actually changed their costing and pricing models around advertising.

The quality of applicants through Seek is varied at best, through posting job ads through Seek. So I could see there’s a bunch of companies that could be looking elsewhere or looking to other avenues for advertising of jobs. Other potential recruitment companies, not looking at Seek as a advertising medium given the cost increases there. So I wouldn’t say that the actual, the numbers themselves, give a really accurate indication of what we’re seeing in the market. What are we seeing in the market? We’re actually seeing a really strong job scene at the moment. Newcastle technology, we’re getting, we’re seeing hiring across the board. Very similar to January. A lot of companies actively investing in technology and technology teams. We’re seeing roles from help desks right up through to senior delivery managers. A real increase again in the project space. Good solid opportunities for PM, Delivery, and BA roles. We’re seeing positivity in the market. Our clients are definitely hiring. And I think we’ve got a really good lay of the land and good visibility about what’s going on across the Newcastle technology scene.

From our perspective, definitely still a positive outlook for the rest of 2021. What would we do about this? I guess we’re going to continue to look at these Seek numbers and see whether they are an accurate representation of what’s going on in the industry. We’re starting to look at LinkedIn talent insights as a bit of an overlaying factor to see if we can get some other data points to give more accurate indication of what’s going on. But, I guess we’ll continue using Seek for now and continue to provide updates on what this looks like going forward.

So if you are looking for a job in the market and you are a technology professional I would say there are definitely opportunities out there for you. Don’t use Seek as your only method of looking for roles. Feel free to reach out to either me or the team here at NewyTechPeople.

If you are a professional, a technology professional looking for new opportunities. Until next month I’ll see you soon.

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Newy Tech Jobs: January 2021 Update

Here is our market update for the month of January, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to the first episode of the Newy Tech Jobs update for 2021. In this episode, we’re talking about the results of January, 2021, of which we’ve seen 110 jobs posted on seek in the Newcastle tech scene. So, what we do on these updates for anyone that hasn’t caught an episode before, quick overview of what’s being posted on seek Newcastle technology jobs, and try and compare that to what’s been going on in the past. So 110 jobs for our market is down 15% year on year, and up about 14% month on month. So month on month increase, not surprising whatsoever.

January is obviously more busy than December, companies stopped posting roles in December just because of hiring over Christmas period makes it quite difficult. You’re having to onboard people, if you do get them signed before Christmas and people going on holidays and such make things a bit difficult. December always a little bit lower. January and February is probably where we could start to kickoff, particularly in February. I think January there’s a lot of people still, coming back on board or having some people come back on board first week of January, some people second week and then it doesn’t really kick off until after Australia day long weekend. So 110 jobs, not a bad result down 15% year on year. What that sort of says is the prior year, we were really humming along. I think the last three years we’ve all sort of been continuing to grow pre COVID.

COVID’s had an effect, but what we are seeing is definite resurgence from there. I think the back end of last year we were looking strong. I think the results of January I wouldn’t read too much into that year on year. I think we are gonna continue to grow. I think February will be a really strong month and the year coming will be positive for the Newcastle technology scene. The type of roles being advertised, it tends to be at the moment demand across the board. The only sort of roles we aren’t seeing a great deal hiring in, is the support space. So those level one, level two those help desk type roles there is not a great deal of advertisement in that space at the moment. Where we are seeing demand definitely software developers, no surprises there I’m pretty much repeating myself month on month saying that. Where there’s been some real significant rise is a bit in the UX space. There’s a bit in the DevOps space, there’s at least four roles going in Newcastle at the moment in the Devops space.

In particular people that have got sort of some scripting background or a Dev background would be ideal. AWS is definitely the most popular cloud platform of choice in Newcastle. So I would say there’s definite demand in there. If people have got an interest in that space, experience there, there’s opportunities there for you at the moment. And then we’ve very happily seen a rise in the project space. So during COVID, we had seen a lot of budgets get stripped which led on to a lot of projects getting stripped or put on hold. So the demand for BA and PM’s really dried up during COVID. But for the first time, in a while, at least six months we’ve seen a really nice growth in the rise for BAs and PMs in Newcastle. So those type of roles are definitely growing, in particular people that have got experience in software projects. So if you’ve worked in around software development teams, if you know a software development practice you’ve worked end to end there, PMs and BAs in that space are definitely in demand at the moment. In continuation there’s testing roles that we’ve been placing within the last month as well as in that UX space.

So it’s across the board, I would say there’s really solid growth and demand across the board with the only gap being in support. And for the first time we’ve seen quite a bit of a rise in that temp and contract space. And that does tie into obviously the project space growing. A lot of the project roles are hired on either short term, fixed term or longer term contracts there. We’re definitely seeing a rise in that so that PM, BA space and the contracting. And for the first time in a long time tying in with those a rise in the projects, is a rise in contracting and temp roles. So last year was super permanent heavy in our offerings out there for Newcastle technology professionals. Most roles hired were being in that sort of permanent fashion, but with the rise in projects we’re definitely seeing a rise in both short term contracts so that is mid to longer term fixed term contracts and some are longer term 12 month contracts out there. And that, that is definitely driven by the PMs and BAs there, but we’re also seeing some testing roles and UX roles in that sort of contracting space. Nice for a bit of a rise in there for those looking for contract roles. So overall 15% down year on year, but I wouldn’t read too much into it. I think the market sentiments definitely more positive than that.

I think there’s a lot of companies looking to hire. February already is feeling really strong. We’re definitely in a candidate short market. So at NewyTechPeople we definitely aren’t posting all of our roles, that we’re recruiting on seek. If you’re a technology professional, looking at what 2021 might bring for you, looking at new opportunities, definitely reach out to us. I would say there’s a mid to high chance, there will be other opportunities out for you that we might be able to help with.

Thank you for this short update. We will be back for the February update at the start of March, cheers.

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Newy Tech Jobs: November 2020 Update

Here is our market update for the month of November, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to the Newy Tech Jobs Update for November 2020. In the Newcastle tech scene on seek in November, we had 144 jobs posted, which was the biggest total since February this year. So it really shows a strong bounce back from COVID, it definitely looks like at the moment COVID is not having an effect or not having a negative effect on our job postings. I would say it’s actually probably having a positive effect from the perspective of there was a lot of companies and organisations who put hiring on hold during the middle of COVID so through that sort of the first April, May, June period, in particular, and now those companies are really trying to aggressively hire and get people on board before the end of the year. Also, a time of the year where if you’re advertising, interviewing and offering right now you’re probably going to have people start at the beginning of 2021.

So a lot of companies trying to do that, to hit the ground running in 2021. To just show how big those numbers are, that’s up 14% month on month so up on October, November is normally a month where you start to peel off but showing more and more growth. Once again on the back of COVID, everything being pushed back a little bit more aggressive right now, and its up to, 34% year on year so that just shows the absolute strength that November has had and a lot of companies trying to hire. A lot of companies trying to hire aggressively.

One tiny little asterisk I will put next it. There was twice in the past month where there was a couple of federal government agencies, put jobs out to multiple recruitment agencies and you see five recruitment agencies post same job on the same day. So that does skew the numbers. It’s not showing that there is obviously five jobs there, it’s one job being advertised by five different agencies. A lot of those agencies are actually based outside of Newcastle that are sort of on those government panels so. Not a great experience for candidates but I think everyone can sort of see what’s happening in those situations so it does skew the numbers up a little, but really, in general, November was a very strong month. Continuing the trend of who’s posting, private advertisers are definitely posting more than recruitment companies at the moment, it’s been the trend throughout 2020, in general, definitely post COVID private organisations definitely looking to advertise and hire themselves more aggressively.

Finally when it comes to the type of jobs being advertised it’s a little bit for everyone actually with 144 ads being posted. We had a little bit in the project space, so in the BA and PM space, which is a nice change we haven’t had a great deal of that throughout 2020. So October, November had a bit of a rise in the BA and PM space.

A lot of those are fixed term contracts, so we’re looking at six month contracts, or six to nine month contracts there. Hopefully those will be extended but a little bit of rise in the contract space there which is nice. There is a little bit in the Sysadmin also Help Desk space and not a great deal and there hasn’t been a great deal of that in recent times, but a little bit of a rise there. A couple of security roles, a little bit of a rise in the DevOps space which is nice. DevOps definitely was really strong last year, We’re seeing a little bit more of that come back again so definitely looking for people who are really technical from that perspective. And then Software Developers again, Software Developers are always in demand in Newcastle we’re so candidate short, it is not funny, we’re trying everything we can at NewyTechPeople here to attract more software developers to the region.

There are some companies now offering remote work, trying to pick up talent from outside of Newcastle. The only challenge with that is salaries, if we’re picking up people out of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. In particular Sydney/Melbourne, salaries are just 20% higher. So you are really looking for solid talent you’re having to pay for it there. That is a challenge again.

On the flip side of that, there are software developers and other tech professionals in Newcastle being offered roles down in Sydney for more money. So that will be a challenge for us all going forward into 2021. Thanks for listening to another episode of the Newy Tech Jobs Update. This will be the final one of 2020. The December results won’t be through till the end of year, so we will talk about them next year. But in general, it was a funny year.

Really high to start with a lot of positive views up until February, a big lull and then a really really strong recovery to the back end of this year, so overall very positive signs for the Newcastle and technology scene going forward. Also, just strong news, I guess the way we have bounced back through COVID, so well done to all of the Newcastle companies that are continuing to hire in this space.

I look forward to a really positive 2021. Hope everyone enjoys their Christmas break, and thanks again for listening.

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Newy Tech Jobs: October 2020 Update

Here is our market update for the month of October, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to the Newy Tech Jobs Update for October, 2020. We’re a little bit late, mid-November now, so I will make this one real quick.

126 jobs posted on SEEK in the technology space in October in Newcastle. So that is up 14% month-on-month, so October really strong up 14% on September, and only down 4% year-on-year. So what we’re seeing is pretty much the Newcastle tech scene is back to pretty well the same levels as the year prior.

The year prior was very strong. So the Newcastle technology community is still very candidate-short. A lot of companies looking to hire, a lot of companies advertising for their roles. So to give you a bit of an overview, check out the chart. What we can see is the start of this year we were looking at a really, really strong increase. Like January always a little bit low, people coming back, people not looking to hire until sort of everything kicks off after Australia Day long weekend. February really, really strong. And then COVID hit and you’re seeing a really sharp drop off, a lot of people and a lot of companies just a bit of risk around, a lot of hesitation on hiring then, people putting projects on hold and roles on hold. Since then, we’ve just seen a consistent rise and rise and rise and rise.

I think October might be the last month that we see a rise, November and December is probably where we start to see it peel off again. November should be pretty similar to October. But then December, January will be a low as companies don’t look to advertise and hire then. But I think it’s been a really, really strong sign, like the graph can show, we’ve consistently grown from sort of the depths of COVID there.

So overall a very strong result for October. So again like the trend for this year, or especially post-COVID has been more private companies advertising than recruiters. I think that’s been a trend that we’ve been seeing over the past few months and that hasn’t changed again in October.

Again the highest jobs in demand are software developers, to the point where if you are a software developer in Newcastle and are not absolutely loving your job, we work across the road from the Edwards, just in that direction, Open offer for beer, wine, coffee, drink of your choice.

If you’re not loving your job, come and have a beverage with me, we can talk about the current roles that are working in Newcastle. And I can nearly guarantee you that we’d be able to set you up with an interview at least, at one company. There’s more than half a dozen, closer to a dozen companies we’re working with at the moment, looking to hire software developers, different tech stacks, different types of projects.

So if you’re not absolutely loving your job or you are looking for something different to start 2020, please take me up on that offer. Hit me up on LinkedIn in my DMs there or email me, I’m more than happy to have that conversation with you and see if we can’t help you out, start 2021 with a fresh new job.

Thanks again for listening today. We’ll be back for a November update, but yeah positive signs again for Newcastle tech scene during October.

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Newy Tech Jobs: September 2020 Update

Here is our market update for the month of September, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to another episode of the Newy Tech Jobs Update, this time for September, 2020. If this is one of the first episodes you’ve seen of this series, what we’re doing is looking at activity for the amount of jobs posted in the Newcastle technology section of SEEK.

SEEK tend to be the biggest place to go, and the best indicator for activity in the job scene. So we’re looking at the trend lines, the activity, what’s happening in the Newcastle technology scene. For the month of September, we had 110 jobs posted, in the Newcastle tech scene. So that was up 2% month-on-month and up 6% year-on-year, and that is the first time we’ve seen a positive trend year-on-year or month-or-month since COVID started.

So a really positive indicator to start to say, that technology in general, technology specifically in Newcastle is upward trending and looking really strong, again. It’s been obviously heavily affected by COVID right through the months of February, March, April, but we’re seeing some upward trends more recently. And now we’re looking at the first month, it’s actually up year-on-year.

So last year was a really positive year, and this year we’re getting back up to those levels. Again, so very good signs for the Newcastle technology scene. The majority of those roles are still permanent roles, though we are seeing some longer term contracts. So we’re talking anywhere from six, nine or 12 month contracts.

There are some companies that have got big projects on the board at the moment, are offering longterm contracts. So there are still those in play, but I would say the vast majority of the roles that are still being posted are in permanent fashion. The biggest change we’ve seen year-on-year is who’s actually posting the roles. This past month 74% of the roles being advertised were by private advertisers, last year, that was 38%. So definitely an upward trend for private advertisers. That’s companies posting roles themselves as opposed to recruitment companies posting the roles.

This is continuing the trend that we’ve seen through COVID, Throughout COVID the whole way through definitely, an increase in private advertisers posting roles organically themselves. The change that we’re not seeing is any dip in software development activity, so software developers are by far and away, the most common role being posted on SEEK. And that’s everything from graduates right the way through to, we’ve had a couple of lead developers, principal developers.

So if you’re a developer in this market and you’re not absolutely stoked with your role, feel free to reach out because there’s plenty of opportunity out there at a multitude of different types of companies from agencies, right through to startups and small business through to the big corporates. So software developers, if you’re a software developer candidate, the market is very positive for you at the moment.

Outside of software developers, the biggest uptick we’ve seen in September is the rise in BAs and also QA/testing roles. So a bit of a rise in that QA and testing space in particular, definitely looking for people with automation experience there, and then also BAs. And they’re being driven by a couple of bigger projects going on locally so a bit of rise in BAs. Definitely as significant rise in that sort of QA and testing space. So that’s a wrap for September, 2020. Really positive month, nice to see month-on-month uptick as well as year-on-year uptick.

Hopefully a sign for a strong October, November as we kick in to that sort of quieter period over December January, so I hope you’ve had a successful month.

I hope you are trying to find a nice solid balance between working from home and office, if that is where you’re at.

Until next month, cheers.

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Newy Tech Jobs: August 2020 Update

Here is our market update for the month of August, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

– Welcome to the Newy Tech Jobs update for August, 2020. This month, we have seen 108 jobs posted on Seek in the technology sector for Newcastle. So, that was down 8% month on month and down 30% year on year. So, very similar to August and down thirty-ish percent on 2019.

Once again, COVID is still having an effect. 30% down on year on year is, not fantastic numbers, especially given that the start of this year we were actually up 2020 on 2019. So, I would say it’s even more than thirty-ish percent, down year on year, given the trends that we were trending up. Down 8% month on month, there’s not a great deal of differences there. July is traditionally quite a big month for advertising in technology.

New budgets come in July for those operating in the financial year. So, along with new budgets come new hiring approvals. So, July always tends to be relatively strong. The fall from July to August isn’t massive. We’re actually seeing a good market. The technology is doing really well across Newcastle. There’s a lot of companies hiring at the moment. Maybe not as much as there was last year, but there are a lot of companies hiring. And we’re seeing hiring across the board predominantly permanently. So companies, if they are hiring, they are still looking to hire permanently but we’re still seeing a lot of roles across the board.

Once again, we’re saying software developers being advertised extremely heavily. They’re the most in demand role. Followed by those support roles, they’re still number two. Once again, that’s been a trend the last couple of months. And then third, there’s no real big standout. We’ve seen a few security roles. We’ve seen a couple of solution architect roles come up, a few in the security space. The one role in particular that started to pop its head up a little bit more is that mobile development role. It does fall also in that software development space, but mobile in particular, and there’s at least four or five companies hiring in the mobile space at the moment. And we are really short on talent in that space in Newcastle.

So, companies are starting to look outside of Newcastle for that, but, a lot of opportunity there. Most of the roles being advertised are by private advertisers. So that’s actually companies advertising for themselves for internal roles. 70% of all the roles. So all the roles being advertised, 70% of them are by companies hiring or advertising for themselves, and 30% by recruitment companies. In saying that, hey, we’re a recruitment company at NewyTechPeople and we’re seeing a really strong volume of work coming through at the moment. So, I don’t think it’s a negative at all. It is a trend that we’re seeing. A lot of companies trying to hire for themselves or advertise for themselves before going to recruitment companies. Last year, was a flip side of that. Last year was 30% of advertisers being private advertisers, and 70% being recruitment companies. So, that’s like an absolute flip on its head.

Again, I don’t think it’s a negative thing at all, companies trying to advertise for themselves. It’s a bit a trend we’re seeing. There is a lot of cost cutting going around companies but, in general, it’s just good to see companies hiring. It’s a really positive sign for the Newcastle technology scene. So we’ll keep it short today, down 8% month on month, down 30% year on year.

Once again, although the numbers are down, I don’t think the actual sentiment around Newcastle is negative. I think there’s a lot of action. There’s a lot of companies hiring locally. So, it’s a good thing for the Newcastle technology scene as we continue to sort of see companies hire, and more talent come to the region. So, although the stats are down, I think, overall, not a bad month for August.

Really interested to sort of see how we bounce and continue to grow through the end of the year, September, October, November, as we sort of, you know, go into Christmas, which is normally a bit of a lull period. So, I’m really interested to see what the stats are in September and October.

We’ll be back with a bit of an overview of September at the end of the month. Enjoy your month.

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Newy Tech Jobs: July 2020 Update

Here is our market update for the month of July, showing you the latest stats and trends from the technology scene in Newcastle.

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James MacDonald:

–  Welcome to the Newy Tech Jobs update for July 2020. This month was actually quite positive. We had 118 jobs posted in the Newcastle technology scene on Seek in July. What that means is up 37% month on month.

So I guess May, June were really negative. Obviously a big hit from COVID. And July has seen a big bounce back by 37%, it’s a pretty significant increase there. July tends to be a really good month for hiring every year. It tends to be a new financial year. New budgets for a lot of companies and along with that comes new projects and head count approval. So that trend has continued even through COVID. So it’s a really positive sign to have some strong numbers in July. In saying that we are still feeling the effects of COVID.

We are down 39% year on year. So July as I said, was a really positive month for hiring traditionally down 39% on this time last year. Whilst we have a positive increase month on month, we are seeing a positive direction as we come out of COVID hopefully. We are still down significantly on last year. So COVID is still having an effect on our industry on hiring across the board, but we are seeing some positive signs in the market right now.

We’re actually seeing a little bit of an increase in the temporary and contract space. So 92% of roles this month were still permanent, but 8% of the roles were, in that temporary fashion or temporary contractors.

We are seeing a bit of a rise there, and that’s been really really low of late. A little bit of a rise in that space, which sort of ties into some of the most popular roles being advertised in the past month were very obviously software developers and help desk, they’re the top two. Business analysts were sort of the third, most popular roles being advertised. A lot of those BA roles are advertised on a contract basis or long term contract basis. So that made up a bit of that chunk, of that 8% of contracting roles there.

A nice little surprise for a rise in business analysts. Hopefully that leads to more and more projects being kicked off and more hiring in the future. A couple of roles that are a little bit surprising over the past month, which we don’t see every month, a couple of really senior data roles or a data architect role, a head of data role. As well as a couple of solution architect roles. So it’s really nice to see that more senior end of town being looked after a little bit. Some good opportunities there for people sort of that more senior end.

The non surprise was software developers being the most popular roles being advertised again. They are extremely hard to recruit for at the moment in Newcastle, we’re definitely candidate short. So for any companies hiring in that space, you’re going to have to offer something over and above to attract good people to your organisation. It might be dollar figure, it might be working conditions, it might be the software that you’re working with. You are going to have to pick something and make that a reason for people to come and join your organisation because software developers are in demand.

For the software developers, there is still a little bit of hesitation in the market, on the candidate front with people not wanting to move during COVID. What I can tell you is there are a lot of longterm permanent opportunities with companies who have very strong futures. So it’s no worries about these roles being turned over, or cut anytime in the near future.

Whilst COVID there’s some negativity around some hesitation in the market. If you are a software engineer, software developer in the market, and you’re considering a new role, but being worried about the market, I can tell you with extreme confidence that there’s plenty of opportunity out there for you at the moment with longterm permanent opportunities.

The last stat that we look at is, who’s actually advertising the roles. 65% of the roles being advertised, were by a private organisation so by actually companies themselves hiring or advertising for their own organisations, 35% being recruitment companies.

Last year that was flipped. Last year was 36% being private advertisers and predominantly the rest being recruitment agencies. I think that is a bit of a trend that we’ve seen through this COVID period, more companies trying to recruit themselves. I’ll be interested to see how that plays out over the next few months given how challenging it is at the moment to hire really quality technical or IT staff in your organisation in particular in that software development field. So that’s a wrap for July 2020.

Really nice to see a positive bounce back from the dip in April, May, June. 37% increase across the board, so positive news. Hopefully we see some more in August fingers crossed that we don’t go into lockdown again, like Victoria is currently experiencing.

Hope everyone stays safe till next month.

See you then.

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