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Computer jobs may drive market

WA’S information technology sector is likely to drive the job market, according to the Quarterly Morgan & Banks Job Index.

Nearly 53 per cent of companies surveyed in the IT industry intend to create jobs. Only 4.3 per cent report intentions to downsize in the next three months.

Morgan & Banks WA director Sean Winder said levels of optimism were again very high in the financial services and insurance sectors. He said the services sector was also looking positive with about 22.2 per cent expecting to take on new staff.

“The employment expectations of small, medium and large organisations differ from national trends in that small business in WA are the most optimistic about job increases in the next quarter,” Mr Winder said.

“Nationally it is medium-sized organisations driving job growth.

“Small employers, with up to 20 staff members in WA, are the ones to watch with 44.1 per cent intending to create new jobs and 5.9 per cent intending to decrease their workforce, giving a net effect of 38.2 per cent – 19.2 percentage points higher than the all industry average for the state.

“Large employers with more than 200 employees are letting down the side with a decline in jobs predicted for this quarter.

“A massive 29.6 per cent of large organisations intend decreasing staff levels and 21.1 per cent report intentions to hire staff.

“If you are looking for a job, positions will be plentiful for IT specialists and sales professionals. There will be fewer clerical, administrative and blue collar positions available,” he said.

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