IT security specialists are in hot demand in Australia as the country's information and communications technology sector is seeing steady growth, it is claimed.

It comes at a time when new job adverts as a whole are increasing, up 5.7% in February compared to the same time last year, according to the latest monthly report from jobs and careers website SEEK.

Driving this increase are the Eastern states in Australia with strong year on year growth. The two largest employing states New South Wales and Victoria are up 11.6% and 6.8% respectively.


The report also points out that Queensland has shown promising signs of recovering from the mining down turn with new job adverts up 3.9% over the 12 months and South Australia is up 7.7%. Tasmania and ACT also posted strong year on year growth, up 10.7% and 26.3% respectively.

"It is encouraging to see strong year on year growth across almost all states and territories in Australia and also that the growth is driven through a wide variety of industries. Some 24 out of 28 industries on SEEK experienced increases in job advertising over the past 12 months," said SEEK employment managing director Michael Ilczynski.

But some sectors have seen growth in adverts decline, most notably the banking and financial services sector down 9% year on year, mining, resources and energy down 7%, insurance down 6% and accounting no change.

The ICT industry remains strong nationwide, experiencing 10% year on year growth to February 2016 and Ilczynski said that, at a state level, the growth in job ads in the ICT sector reflects the overall health of the employment market nationwide.

"Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, ACT and New South Wales all experienced double digit growth in ICT job ads. New South Wales which has the largest number of opportunities advertised increased by 10% year on year. There are now over 7,500 ICT jobs advertised through New South Wales, which is fantastic for those looking for work in that industry," he pointed out.

But there are fewer ICT job opportunities in Western Australia which is put down to the pull back in mining investment. Ilczynski it is likely that businesses donít have the resources to go ahead with new IT infrastructures or projects, which is having a direct reflection on their hiring needs.

The report shows that at a national level there has been extremely strong year on year growth in demand for IT Security professionals, up 57%, while Technical Writers demand is up 47% and Product Managers and Developers up 42%.

According to Mark Nielsen, chief executive officer of global IT recruitment specialist Talent International, the increase in IT security job listings can be attributed to sophisticated artificial intelligence and the unprecedented uptake of cloud computing over the past 12 months by Australian businesses, fuelling a demand for specialists to keep networks secure.

"With businesses expanding their offerings to meet customer web and mobility requirements, coupled with the advancement in devices with artificial intelligence capabilities, it is now more important than ever to be able to anticipate the level of sophistication possible when it comes to cybercrimes," he explained.

"There has been a significant increase in the way governments, businesses and people rely on technology and mobility as well as the rapid expansion of cloud computing, and as a result, IT security is one of the fastest growing areas we are seeing in the industry today," he added.