The time is now for Australia’s full stack developers, with one recruiter declaring it to be the most in-demand role for 2019.

Robert Half has released its Salary Guide for 2019, which unpackages industry trends for the technology sector.

Full stack developers topped the list for the top five most in-demand permanent IT roles in Australia, followed by business analysts, IT security managers, network engineers and manual test analysts.

Andrew Morris, Director of Robert Half Australia, said it is emerging technologies that are now shaping the job market.

“The global technology race is in full swing, with many businesses adopting innovative technologies, such as blockchain, AI, machine learning, natural language processing and augmented reality, to differentiate themselves from the competition,” he said.

“Consequently, demand is rapidly rising for high-calibre tech candidates in an increasingly competitive talent market, which means more skilled IT jobseekers are able to negotiate higher salaries as companies endeavour to secure their preferred candidate.”

While full stack developers are the most in-demand role, this isn’t always reflected in remuneration.

Of the top five most in demand roles, IT security managers are the best paid, with the average candidate receiving $150,500, and top-end candidates in line for $198,750.

Next are network engineers ($106,250 to $142,500), followed by business analysts ($92,500 to $121,250), full stack developers ($86,250 to $106,250) and manual test analysts ($83,750 to $106,250).

Is the Global Talent Scheme worth it?

The report also delves into the effectiveness of the Global Talent Scheme, which was introduced by the government last year to attract highly-skilled IT professionals.

Over half (56%) of CIOs interviewed stated the Global Talent Scheme would reduce Australia’s IT skills shortage.

“As the technology sector rapidly evolves throughout 2019, demand for relevant IT skills is continuing to outpace supply in the local market, putting Australia’s business sector at risk of being left behind in the global technology race,” states the report.

“Throughout 2019 and beyond, businesses can look towards the Global Talent Scheme to attract top international talent as they seek to innovate for faster and more competitive growth.”

The report suggests that employers looking to take advantage of the scheme provide incentives beyond remuneration to attract global talent, such as lifestyle benefits, relocation packages, professional development, family benefits and housing subsidies.