The labor market of the IT industry in Serbia is slowly entering a phase of stabilization in the number of job advertisements, the decline in demand for IT personnel is stopping and the number of advertisements is gradually starting to increase, according to a survey conducted by the most visited site for recruiting IT candidates HelloWorld.rs.
When comparing the demand trend for IT personnel for the period from January to June last year and the first half of this year, a decrease in the number of IT advertisements in the first six months of 2023 by 49 percent was recorded.
A slight drop in the number of ads also occurred in the second quarter of this year, compared to the first, by 9 percent, and after April of this year, the total number of ads increased, and in June, compared to May, a 27 percent increase in the number of ads was recorded.
Also, lower demand, especially from foreign companies that offered the possibility to work from home, led to a drop in the number of advertisements for remote positions in the first half of this year by 11 percent compared to the same period last year.
Since October 2022, there has been an increase in the unique number of candidates applying for IT ads, and taking into account that in the same period the number of ads on the market is decreasing, the greater activity of IT candidates on the market appears as a consequence of the insecurity felt by them.
Compared to last year, the demand for IT candidates is overall lower, but there have been percentage changes in the demand for candidates by seniority, so the demand for junior candidates is 7 percent higher in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.
Such a picture was undoubtedly contributed by the overall drop in demand for senior and mid-level positions compared to 2022 by as much as 57 percent, and also, in the first half of this year, candidates applied more often for junior and senior positions, while in 2022 reported percentage less in those two categories.
The percentage of the same candidates who simultaneously applied for junior and mid-level positions increased by 3 percent, and 5 percent more candidates applied simultaneously for senior and mid-level positions in the first six months of 2023 compared to 2022.
In the first half of this year, just like last year, Software Developer and IT Help desk/Support remain at the top of the list of the most sought-after positions on the IT labor market, and in addition to these two, the other positions that stand out as the most sought-after for the period from January to June 2023 years are System Administrator/Engineer, ERP/SAP/ABAP Consultant, Fronted Developer.