The number of ICT job advertisements increased by a -robust" 44.4 per cent in the first half of 2004, according to a report released by the IT Skills Hub on Tuesday.
The organisation's biannual Market Monitor, a joint venture with Gottliebsen Research, showed a -strong, across the board industry recovery in the last six months", according to Brian Donovan, IT Skills Hub CEO in a statement released by the company.
The report claims demand for IT professionals continues an upward trend established from a previous report, which showed an 18.7 per cent rise in the number of advertisements. Bolstered by investment in the ICT industry, the positive trend is expected to continue into the third quarter of 2004.
Although every job category showed a healthy increase, project management roles were highest in demand, increasing 65 per cent on the previous six months. Other areas experiencing strong demand included analyst, support, IT management, quality and technical roles.
For the first time in five years, all ICT positions reported significant growth, with Test Engineers, Installers, Implementers and Project Managers being among the highest performing positions.
Donovan predicted the competition for "people and skills" will continue to increase in the next six months.