The digital economy of Australia is witnessing a boom. But the nation does not have requisite number of people to fill these vacant positions of IT jobs in Australia.
Foreigners needed for 35,000 ICT jobs—Findings of a latest report reveal that Australia will witness creation of thousands of new ICT jobs this year and next year. By the year 2013, around 35,000 new ICT jobs will be created but it is quite hard to find candidates from within the nation to fill these job positions, states ACS(Australian Computer Society) 2011 Statistical Compendium.
Out of 35,000 new ICT jobs to be created in Australia, nearly 14,000 IT jobs will be created this year while 21,000 jobs are likely to be created next year.
Lower ICT enrolments to worsen IT skills shortage in Australia-- A point worth notable is that although the ICT jobs are climbing up, Australia is facing a severe skills shortage, ACS claims. This is due to a significant decline in the number of ICT enrolments in Australian universities along with plunging applications for skilled ITC immigration, the ACS informs.
Annual ICT enrolments in Australian universities especially in WA (Western Australia), Victoria, NSW (New South Wales), Queensland and Tasmania have gone down. And the number of Australian students enrolling in ICT is just around 3 percent of Australians pursuing undergraduate degrees.
Declining skilled ICT immigration in Australia—Number of immigrants with ICT skills coming to Australia have gone down sharply, the report reveals.
Figures reveal a decline of 25 percent in the number of ICT skilled migrants moving to Australia in the year 2011. According to Alan Patterson, chief executive of ACS, this is happening even as ICT demand is going up significantly even during uncertain conditions in the economy.
Australia needs a coordinated policy to fulfill requirements of Australian employment, Patterson informs. Australian government must focus on promotion of ICT as a fulfilling career to make sure the nation gets workers with requisite skills for filling ICT jobs here, Patterson asserts.
Only then can the Australia’s digital sector sustain and stay competitive globally, he affirms. Australia is witnessing a big boom in IT jobs this year. For fulfilling these IT job positions, it will need increased number of IT workers. As per the information, around 14,000 new IT jobs will be created in Australia this year.
In addition, a large number of IT jobs will be created in the coming year.
While the number of IT jobs are going up, the number of migrants coming to Australia under skilled immigration route has gone down this year. And along with this, the number of domestic as well as international enrolments in ICT have declined sharply in Australia.