While the immediate impact of COVID-19 is apparent to one and all, the longer-term effects on our local WA economy are still to be realised. While in general the technology recruitment market is currently holding up well, we are seeing numerous organisations attempt reduce costs and this has impacted contractor and permanent headcounts, the amount of hours staff are required to work and the respective rates / salaries offered.
This said, we are still experiencing a candidate short market, with ICT professionals who have strong skills/experience still in high demand (albeit at rates which reflect the current economic climate).
The resources sector has seen two very different stories told, with the mining sector (Iron Ore & Gold) retaining healthy demand, while LNG sector has not been so fortunate. This has sent mixed messages within the Perth market with some companies increasing projects and staffing numbers, while others have introduced significant organisation restructures to achieve staffing reductions and further reduce costs.
The trip into the CBD is certainly quicker at the moment, due to the significant number of workers who have been encouraged to work from home (WFH) and despite the WA Government’s encouragement to return to the CBD, many have opted to remain working from home. It will be interesting to see if these new flexible and remote working conditions become the new norm or companies will retreat to post COVID-19 conditions. When discussing WFH and flexible working conditions with candidates, contractors and permanent employees, it is almost unanimous that their expectations are that ‘employers of choice’ will offer these options, not so much as a ‘benefit’ or ‘differentiator’, but as the new norm.
It has been fantastic to see so many organisations adapt quickly and introduce new polices / procedures to ensure they retain and improve any competitor advantage they currently hold. If you are keen to know about the Perth market or have any questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Manager - WA
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LIVING IN THE CITY
Perth is the capital of ‘the West’ and there are plenty of reasons to live and work here. Although we don’t get as much credit as other Australian capitals, being close to the coast and our Mediterranean climate ensures the sun is always shining, which makes getting out of bed and going to work a lot easier! The technology industry, fuelled largely by steady demand and recent appetite from the major mining-resource operators, is also supported by an upturn in tech and innovation, a bandwagon of digital transformation projects, and start-ups and co-working space pop-ups. The lure of ‘Perf’ect Perth is firmly attracting tech talent back from our eastern states cousins.
Recently ranked 14th most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (who cares for lists anyway!) humble Perth achieved near ‘Perf’ect scores for healthcare, education and infrastructure, ensuring a tip top quality of lifestyle for families and those seeking an option for a slightly slower pace of life. Couple all that with cost of living and housing affordability, it’s no wonder we are the nation’s most down to earth, friendly and relaxed bunch of people.
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