Market Overview

While the latter half of 2023 saw the market drop due to increasing inflation, cost of living, rate increases and other world events, as we enter 2024, the tech sector in Adelaide looks to stay steady.

As large companies offload their workforce to correct the hiring spree we experienced over the last few years, the market has been flooded with highly skilled candidates who are ready to work. As a result of this, the market is slowly transforming from a candidate-driven one, to an employer-driven one, with salaries reverting back to pre-COVID levels.

In Adelaide, defence-cleared personnel continue to be in high demand and will do so for the next decade. Hundreds of jobs are currently looking to be filled and until they allow candidates to be located outside of South Australia with fewer clearances, it’s not looking to slow down.

We’re also seeing strong demand for Business Analysts, which is a promising sign of new projects on the horizon, plus continued interest and demand for skilled people in Cloud technologies, AI and Cyber.

Anthony Whyte

Anthony Whyte

Talent Adelaide Managing Director

Candidate needs

  • Hybrid/flex working conditions
  • Great company culture
  • Exciting projects and/or new industries

Business needs

  • Permanent employees in preference to contractors
  • Employees that are committed and not jumping from job to job

The year ahead

In 2024, we are experiencing an employer-driven market for the first time in a few years with a growing number of candidates on the market and businesses increasingly seeking permanent employees over contractors.

When it comes to flexible work, there is still huge demand for hybrid/flex working from candidates for both permanent and contract positions, and we expect this to continue over the year ahead.

In SA, with the merger of the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia receiving the green light in Nov 23, this will be a whole of business transformation project. By 2034, the new entity, Adelaide University is expected to contribute an additional $500 million annually to the State’s economy and educate more than 70,000 students.

Overall, the ICT hiring market remains robust and will continue well into the future.

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Talent Insights

Tech Talent

21k technology professionals with an average tenure of 1.7 years

(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Gender Identity

% Female
% Male
*This information has been retrieved from sources with gender binary data. We acknowledge those who do not fit within this framework and understand there are more gender identities beyond the binary.
(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Top Employers

  • Telstra
  • SA Health
  • University of Adelaide
  • DXC Technology
  • University of South Australia
(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Top Skills

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Cybersecurity
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Python

Living in



Adelaide may be small, but boy is it mighty. If the underdog was an Australian city, it would be Adelaide.

In 2021, Adelaide was placed in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, positioning the city as a great alternative to Sydney and Melbourne where the living costs are growing rapidly.

Adelaide is geographically located so that you can quite literally have it all. Living in the city centre is affordable, while being only a 20 minute drive to the beach, and a 30 minute drive to two world-famous wine regions.

You even have the option to escape to the country of the Adelaide Hills, with this picturesque setting situating you only a 30 minute commute into the heart of the city. If you have ever given thought to wanting exponentially more for less, Adelaide is your answer.

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