05 October 2007

Healthy IT industry needs Australian immigration

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Australia's IT services industry has ballooned to record earnings of AU$14 billion for the year, a jump of 3.6 per cent from 2006. However, the IT skills shortage is causing difficulties for an otherwise robust market. Australian immigration for Britons with IT experience has never looked more attractive.

According to research firm Gartner the resources boom and government upgrade work are supporting healthy demand for IT services. "Demand from governments for upgrading IT infrastructure and building new initiatives will remain pivotal to the growth of the Australian IT services market," said Michele Caminos, Gartner research chair.

The overall IT services market in Australia will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7 per cent from 2006 through to 2011, according to Gartner's latest forecasts. IT News reports that business process outsourcing and software support will continue to provide a lot of the growth impetus for the Australian IT services market for the foreseeable future.

Caminos commented on the skills shortage: "In Australia's mature, comparatively high-labour-cost market, IT skill shortages are creating difficulties. Not only is it hard to find enough people with the right skills to staff major projects, it is putting pressure on service provider margins, as labour costs continue to rise."

Australia needs skilled IT people: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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