Gold winner: Hays
Silver winner: Randstad
Bronze Winner: Talent International

If you think hiring for your industry or profession is tough, try recruiting an IT, tech or digital professional. According to, five of the 10 most chronically unfilled jobs in Australia are technology-related. Employment in the IT sector is expected to grow by 2.5% per year over the next three years to 2020 (approximately 100,000 additional workers). Comparatively, employment for the economy as a whole is forecast to grow by 1.6%.

“The biggest challenge faced by the IT, technology & digital industry is perhaps the shortage of suitable candidates with the necessary skills,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Gold winner Hays. “For example, there’s a big focus right now on security and for System/Infrastructure Engineers with cloud experience (Azure and AWS). DevOps is a growing focus too.”

Mobile development is a market that’s growing significantly as organisations diversify their digital strategy across multiple platforms. Deligiannis adds that within the digital talent pool there is a split: on one side are expert developers who will always have work; on the other side are a growing number of entry-level graduates and career-changers who want to be part of the digital boom. “As anyone and everyone tries their hand at mobile app development the market may get saturated; however, exceptional candidates will remain in demand,” he says.

What is Hays’ key to successfully partnering with HR? “I’d say it involves regular and relevant communication, ensuring you fully understand a client’s requirements, delivering what you promise, providing timely and engaging insights and willingly sharing your expertise,” says Deligiannis.