Published on July 8th, 2012 | by john.weir3
More IT workers needed in Australia
Australia is looking to import more IT workers into the country as recruiters point to vacancies.
According to website IT Pro, candidates from the UK, Ireland and India account for more than half of all 457 applications granted last year. The sector accounted for 10 per cent of the 47,980 applications received from July 2011 to May 31, with ICT positions attracting an average annual remuneration package of $85,100.
Successful ICT applicants included 1870 developer programmers, 1110 ICT business analysts and 1080 software programmers.While recruiters continue to cite skill shortages outside the southern capitals, particularly in the resource driven WA market, 7760 of the 8800 ICT hires on 457 visas were drafted for positions based in NSW and Victoria.
Head of listed recruitment group Clarius Kym Quick said the number of high tech 457 applications would rise significantly in the future, if Australian students continued to eschew computer science and information technology courses. ICT enrolments in local universities have halved over the past decade while in NSW high schools, just seven per cent of students are studying Information Processes and Technology, down from 17.9 per cent in 2003.
While information and communication technology professionals say work is thin on the ground in some cities, industry figures point to a future where more foreign workers are shipped in to plug the gaps between what employers want and what’s on offer locally.
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