IT sector employment in Australia has picked up a lot in recent months. That said - it came from an appalling low!
Here in Brisbane the local paper used to have 5 or 6 pages of IT jobs a week - now we get half a page!...
Depending on your skills you can expect to find jobs earning (assume java
programming/architect/project leader career track):
Finding jobs outside SYD & MEL is not easy, and outside of state capitals is virtually impossible. Bear in mind the cost of living in these cities and Sydney becomes avery unattractive place to live & work! Also consider that with taxes running at 50% on income >$70K, getting paid more for one job than another very rarely results in a significant increase in pocket!
Short term contracts do exist - but the IT contracting market in Australia is far less of a money-spinner than in other places (rarely get more than AU$50.p.h). However, contracts at government departments do have a tendency to be renewed without question and its not uncommon once people get into a contract role - to stay on rolling 6 month contracts for 10 years! Problem with contracting is if you dont get one of these 'gravy-train' positions, then you are likely to spend a LONG time on the bench waiting to find the next job!..
Job hunting in Australia is a question of patience!... there is stuff here - but dont expect to walk into a job the day after you get off the plane!
--hope that helps
[ April 27, 2005: Message edited by: Adrian Wallace ]