Seek said the ICT sector was continuing to grow: ICT job adverts on its site in January were up 14.7 percent on January 2014. Trades and Services, which accounted for 7.7 percent of Seek’s new job adverts last year), experienced a 12 percent year on year growth to January 2015 and Healthcare and Medical (7.4 percent of new job ads last year) also surged ahead with 13 percent year on year growth.

Chris Sandham, managing director of IT recruitment firm M&T Resources, said digital transformation and the rise of analytics and intelligence were driving demand for IT talent to levels not seen for several years. “We foresee continued overall growth, as most of our clients are at the beginning stages of their transformation and integration programs," he said.

"Organisations are positioning themselves for cloud-based moves, while some are attempting to further develop their product offerings which will rely on technology initiatives in analytics and information management, CRM, and digital."

A number of leading IT market research and analyst firms have for some time been flagging the scale and the impact of the 'digital disruption' under various names.

IDC has long argued that what it calls the 'Third Platform' of IT - cloud, social, data analytics and mobile - will be a major disruptive force. It says these technologies are "fundamentally altering how IT organisations function, how business is conducted, and how enterprises compete," and that IT will have to restructure to provide "services that are focused on realising enterprises' competitive strategies.

Gartner refers to cloud, mobile, social and data analytics as a 'nexus of forces'.

Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC, said: "IDC first identified the Third Platform in 2007 and predicted that it would eventually become the new core of ICT market growth. In 2015 the Third Platform will account for one third of global ICT spending and 100 percent of spending growth.

Over the next several years we expect to see an explosion of innovation and value creation on top of the Third Platform's foundation. This stage will be
driven by a new wave of core technologies – innovation accelerators – that radically extend the Third Platform's capabilities and applications across all industries."

Gartner, in its predictions for 2015, said: "By year-end 2016, 50 percent of digital transformation initiatives will be unmanageable due to lack of portfolio management skills, leading to a measurable negative lost market share," and: "By 2018, digital business will require 50 percent less business process workers and 500 percent more key digital business jobs, compared with traditional models."
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