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Software developers, engineers and specialists with Microsoft C# and .NET experience are sitting pretty, as banks scramble to find candidates in the Australian market.

Robert Olivier, director of recruitment firm Olivier Group, says the strongest jobs growth in the IT sector has been in software development and engineering.

"If things are going well in software development, then everyone else is hanging off the coat tails of that, really," Olivier says. "At one time, network communication security was the one to watch - it's still been growing at 25% for the last six months. Now software engineers are the ones to watch."

Stuart Allen of Adaps IT recruiters says the IT market remains candidate-short for specialists in areas such as Java within the banking and finance sector. "There's also a lot of demand in project management and for solutions architects within the trading areas of banks, including IT business analysts with strong investment trading experience.

Rick Jansz, managing consultant for BSI People adds: "There's a general shortage of IT programmers with strong experience in banking and finance software systems and this is forcing Australian banks to go offshore to find the right people.

"A .NET developer is super hot property, and if you take that into banking and finance and they also have some front office skills, those people can get a job anywhere."

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