Jump to content

You're currently viewing the forum as a Guest
register-now-button_orig.png
and join in with discussions   
ask migration questions
message other members

..and much much more!

n1ck

IT jobs in Brisbane

Recommended Posts

Hey guys - just curious to know how the IT market is at present in Brisbane, if anyone happens to know ?

 

I will hopefully be moving over in November time and I'm currently in a good job in the UK, however there is no option to transfer so I'll be trying to gain something new once I get there.

 

My background is in application support and IT business analysis in the financial sector.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know a few people in IT here in Brisbane, one can't get work at all, another has had the risk of redundancy hanging over him for some months now. He has seen lots of people laid off, they are out sourcing a lot of work to India.

 

I believe a regular poster on here called Chortlepuss is in IT here in Brisbane, might be worth looking him (I think it's a male) up and sending a private message, he's had real struggle for work I think.

 

I am incorrect... this person is female, here's a post of hers so you can PM her if you like. This post migh be worth you looking at too.

 

http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/moving-back-uk/189822-what-would-you-do.html

Edited by Tickled Pink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm a gal! I think I've whinged enough about the IT jobs shortage in Brisbane! One of my friends, a senior PM who recently advertised for a junior BA got inundated with responses and told me he thinks he's never seen it so bad. (Been there 7 years)I'm in UK at the moment working and certainly feel that demand much higher for BA/change in SE UK but there will always be exceptions - last year I struggled to get advanced SharePoint developer in Brisbane for instance

Edited by Chortlepuss

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just to add if you're moving over in Nov bring savings to tide you over Xmas period when Brisbane recruitment closes down for summer. Picks up late Jan/Feb. in this market, I'd be tempted to bring 4-6 months living expenses, and prepare to consider other cities (I think Melbourne has more opportunities)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks guys - hoping it won't be a struggle especially since i'm leaving a great job to come over! I guess we will have to go where the work is initially at least...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I sometimes go to the MS talks in Brisbane. From chatting to the other attendees it certainly isn't a boom market. If you're in a niche that happens to have a vacancy you might be in luck. But generalist roles like PM and BA are really tough, because it's hard to push yourself above the crowd. If you were flying tomorrow, how many jobs are there on Seek that you could apply for?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
thanks guys - hoping it won't be a struggle especially since i'm leaving a great job to come over! I guess we will have to go where the work is initially at least...

 

Is there any reason you are set on Brisbane? You would probably find more opportunities in Sydney or Melbourne.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Is there any reason you are set on Brisbane? You would probably find more opportunities in Sydney or Melbourne.

 

Totally agree.

 

Both Melbourne and Sydney have two huge banks (each) plus telecoms and myriad smaller companies who would employ the bulk of all IT people in the country.

 

Brisbane has - what? - Suncorp?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Totally agree.

 

Both Melbourne and Sydney have two huge banks (each) plus telecoms and myriad smaller companies who would employ the bulk of all IT people in the country.

 

Brisbane has - what? - Suncorp?

 

Indeed. I doubt if Brisbane has a 1/10th of the IT market of Sydney or Melbourne. I'd like to say that there's only a 1/10th of the people chasing jobs, but I don't believe this is the case. Brisbane has had some significant lay offs from the public sector.

 

But, you know, you only need one job.

 

Why not plan a recce of all three, say spending 2 weeks in each. No point in moving to Melbourne of you hate the place. No point in moving to Brisbane if everyone shows you the door..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Totally agree.

 

Both Melbourne and Sydney have two huge banks (each) plus telecoms and myriad smaller companies who would employ the bulk of all IT people in the country.

 

Brisbane has - what? - Suncorp?

I think Suncorp is the only employer I have worked for in Brisbane that has a mature development environment. Plenty of people to fill their roles. Locals and highly specialist BA's have preference. Senior (5+) people doing it tough. It's all but impossible for highly experienced people. Very few roles, nepotism and an oversupply of applicants. Know some great people (Ozzie's and Brits) who have moved state for this reason

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Is there any reason you are set on Brisbane? You would probably find more opportunities in Sydney or Melbourne.

 

I lived in Brisbane before and loved it - I visited Sydney and Melbourne but didn't work there so never looked for work.

 

My gf's parents also live close enough to Brisbane.

 

It's always easier to find a job when you're in a job so it may mean working somewhere for a while then moving!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We are hoping to relocate to the Sunshine Coast in a year(ish). My wife is a midwife so hopefully she'll be ok but this thread is concerning me for my line of work. Im a senior .NET Developer. Are there many opportunities for my line of work around the Sunshine Coast?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
We are hoping to relocate to the Sunshine Coast in a year(ish). My wife is a midwife so hopefully she'll be ok but this thread is concerning me for my line of work. Im a senior .NET Developer. Are there many opportunities for my line of work around the Sunshine Coast?

 

I'd hazard a guess and say there are zero opportunities, unfortunately.

 

The Sunshine coast is a holiday/residential area. There's no industry to speak of up there and employment is a big issue at the best of times.

 

You'd have to take your chances with the slim pickings in Brisbane (which is quite a long commute).

 

If you want any sort of IT career, then the last place I'd be moving to is Queensland.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Im a senior .NET Developer. Are there many opportunities for my line of work around the Sunshine Coast?

 

As a rule of thumb, look on Seek using whatever criteria suits your experience and qualis. Then divide the results by half because often the agencies advertise phantom jobs. Then halve again because you're not local. Then halve again because there will be candidates that are basically better suited than you (that's not a dig at you, just statistically it's probably the case. Same would be true of me.). What you're left with constitutes the market for you.

 

One of the biggest differences between Australia and Europe is the polarisation of urban areas against rural. It's really quite rare for a business, particularly software, to locate outside the major conurbations.

 

I think you're right to be concerned. It doesn't mean you should give up the idea of migration, but you should do as much research as possible to find out how it's going to be when you get here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
We are hoping to relocate to the Sunshine Coast in a year(ish). My wife is a midwife so hopefully she'll be ok but this thread is concerning me for my line of work. Im a senior .NET Developer. Are there many opportunities for my line of work around the Sunshine Coast?

I'd find work yourself (as said little or nothing in Sunshine Coast for you), then worry about your wife as my guess is that she is employable anywhere. You may need to check with midwives on this site though, as Queensland Health has been subject to savage frontline cuts. Would you consider another state?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am a IT L3 Infrastructure engineer here in Brisbane, took 9 days from sending out my CV (email), 4 job interviews, to having two job offers on the table at the same time. I am a Kiwi not from the UK, however should make no difference.

 

Looking at Seek today there is 3 or 4 jobs that are exactly me I could apply for, and probably a dozen more I could settle for (total of 88 in my field advertised). I feel like I could change jobs any time if I desired.

 

Brisbane is not as strong for IT as Melbourne or Sydney but its still very good for a number of fields.

 

Saying your are in IT is kinda meaningless as its so vast, you really need to be specific with your experience qualification and field.

Edited by Battleneter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Looking at Seek today there is 3 or 4 jobs that are exactly me I could apply for, and probably a dozen more I could settle for (total of 88 in my field advertised). I feel like I could change jobs any time if I desired.

 

 

 

But were any of the jobs on the Sunny Coast? Or would you recommend living there and commuting to wherever you job is? The problem with IT is that it's hard to base yourself outside the major cities.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
But were any of the jobs on the Sunny Coast? Or would you recommend living there and commuting to wherever you job is? The problem with IT is that it's hard to base yourself outside the major cities.

 

Commuting from the sunny coast to brissy is a shitty commute, I come up from the goldy everyday and its an hour on the train. It depends how north you go but the bruce highway is just a glorified dual carriageway and you take your life in your own hands when you are on it.

 

Work wise for me I work for one of the Top 4 in Mining which once you are in the sector, you are normally sorted, but its a bit like a man utd season ticket, virtually impossible unless you have a niche skill or know someone.

 

Echo the same as everyone else though, plenty of jobs for me in melbourne or sydney, luckily this has been a 2 year contract but brisbane is a very clicky place and a small network. Everyone knows everyone and since the government shake up, the rates have come down as there are plenty of over qualified people ready to work for less as there is little out there.

 

When this gig finishes, if there is nothing here I will look to sydney/melbourne, but who knows, the market may change or my network may help out. I have been a linked in slut and have over 2500 connections who are mainly recruitment consultants, when I need work I will just contact them or post something and hopefully someone will bite.

 

Rates for my position have probably gone from 600-1000 per day to 500-650 per day so there is a big drop, still good if you can get a decent sized gig though.

 

Good luck and as someone else said, xmas is a shitty time of year to look for a job as this is there summer hols, market picks up in Feb for a while, drops until year end, and then back up again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I totally echo the above with regards to the commute from Sunny coast - not only would you have to negotiate the Bruce Highway, but there is then the Gympie Road, traffic light central, and very slow moving at peak times. In all honesty, that would be a hellish commute. Depending on where you live on the Sunshine coast you could easily be looking at 45 min-1hr in the car before you even hit the main city traffic. Then the fun would really begin...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I totally echo the above with regards to the commute from Sunny coast - not only would you have to negotiate the Bruce Highway, but there is then the Gympie Road, traffic light central, and very slow moving at peak times. In all honesty, that would be a hellish commute. Depending on where you live on the Sunshine coast you could easily be looking at 45 min-1hr in the car before you even hit the main city traffic. Then the fun would really begin...

 

A friend of mine used to travel down from Caloundra (South Sunny) it used to take him 2-3 hrs to drive sometimes each way, adding 4 hrs onto your day is no fun. There is a train but think it only starts at Nambour/Caboolture so it all depends on how far you are North.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I am a IT L3 Infrastructure engineer here in Brisbane, took 9 days from sending out my CV (email), 4 job interviews, to having two job offers on the table at the same time. I am a Kiwi not from the UK, however should make no difference.

 

Looking at Seek today there is 3 or 4 jobs that are exactly me I could apply for, and probably a dozen more I could settle for (total of 88 in my field advertised). I feel like I could change jobs any time if I desired.

 

Brisbane is not as strong for IT as Melbourne or Sydney but its still very good for a number of fields.

 

Saying your are in IT is kinda meaningless as its so vast, you really need to be specific with your experience qualification and field.

 

From checking Seek there does appear to be quite a lot of suitable jobs for Brisbane, but it's hard to tell how saturated the market is.

 

I've added a load of recruiters in Brisbane on Linkedin so will be putting the feelers out closer to the time I move!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
But were any of the jobs on the Sunny Coast? Or would you recommend living there and commuting to wherever you job is? The problem with IT is that it's hard to base yourself outside the major cities.

 

Well if you want to do corporate IT think Brisbane CBD (or fringe CBD). There are a number of small company's out in industrial estate areas like Wacol for example with maybe a few dozen to few hundred users but large IT is unfortunately centered around the CBD like most cities probably 90%.

 

Best advise is don't try and live on the Sunshine coast or Gold coast and then spend 1-1.5+ hours a day each direction in a hellish commute, live in a area with a good rail link and VISIT those nice spots on the weekend. Plenty of nice housing estates you can buy or rent with a pool, personally I live 1hr from the GC guess around 1.40 from the GC.

 

I feel your pain but IT is all about major centers, I chose Brisbane to keep the size and speed of the city down over Melbourne or Sydney if you get what I mean.

Edited by Battleneter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I feel your pain but IT is all about major centers.

 

Actually I work from home half the week, so if you can feel my pain you must be very sensitive indeed. The rest of the time I've got a 15 minute drive to the office.

 

I think many potential immigrants put the cart before the horse, in that they decide first where they'd like to live then look for a job after. This can work in the UK. London, Leeds, Glasgow, it doesn't much matter and you'll find all types of work in either. But like you say, IT in Oz is 95% (if not 99%) based in 4 cities, and I'm being generous to include Brisbane. It's a real pity because there are some fabulous places to live in Queensland if only you can finance it. Apart from teachers and doctors, not many professions can pick where they want to go.

 

Sunshine Coast is a nice place to visit, and I would want to live there. But I'd run out of money pretty quick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×