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Writing in Computerworld Australia Kathryn Edwards reports; “The Australian IT job market fell 15 percent in March, crashing to the level of 2005 and down by 53 percent on the same time last year.”

Edwards story was based on numbers from the Olivier Job Index.

It said Internet job ads also fell 12.5 percent in March leaving fewer vacancies advertised on the than at the beginning of the year.

Olivier Group director Robert Olivier, suggests the job market is only going to get worse.

In New Zealand the Hudson Report shows IT employers have radically changed their hiring intentions. A year ago a net 36 percent of employers expected to hire IT specialists, that number has dropped to just 7.8 percent. The sector compares with the general job market where 24 percent of employers expect to reduce staff numbers in the next three months.

IT job ads, vacancies down in March: Survey – Computerworld