The number of candidates applying for IT roles has impacted the predictability of salary levels even for in-demand jobs.
Chief operating officer of Randstad's IT division, Malcolm Dunford, urged IT workers made redundant to "remember that opportunities remain in the sector".
He said that although a fifth of IT employers will cut staff this year, about a quarter will hire more people.
"Roles across most areas in IT are available, however those individuals with specific skills in business analysis, datawarehousing, ERP (Oracle/SAP), web development and infrastructure are of particular interest," Dunford said.
"Salaries vary greatly with business analysts seeking $65,000 to $90,000-plus, developers receiving $60,000 to $85,000-plus and ERP $100,000-plus. Salaries are harder to determine given the greater pool of candidates available in the market."
The news wasn't as good for contractors. Dunford said their rates were down by 10 to 15 percent.
"We've certainly noticed the increased demand for contractors on fixed term assignments in Australia," he said.
"Permanent recruitment of IT professionals is the preferred option for employers over contract."