15 February 2008

Aggressive IT recruitment drive could boost Australian immigration

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A new study by market intelligence provider IDC has revealed that Australia’s information technology sector is set to be worth AUS $15 billion (£6.9 billion) by 2011, with Australian immigration set to fuel this booming industry.

A new study by market intelligence provider IDC has revealed that Australia’s information technology sector is set to be worth AUS $15 billion (£6.9 billion) by 2011, with Australian immigration set to fuel this booming industry.

A growth rate of 4.4% is forecast for Australia's IT services market - currently worth around AUS $12.6 million - with strong acquisition activity. The report from IDC suggests that market players are likely to strive for new growth and view skilled migration as a method of extending skills and their geographic reach.

"The outsourcing market in Australia, which is approximately 50% of the total IT services market, remains as vibrant and dynamic as ever … End user organisations are addressing a range of business issues, which are expected to underpin growth in the IT services market over the five year forecast period," commented Margaret Banaghan, researcher manager of IT Services.

Some 72% of Australian IT professionals recently said they viewed themselves as ‘hot’ or ‘in demand’ for employment, according to another recent survey conducted by technology recruitment company Diversiti, as reported by Computerworld Australia.

Skilled IT workers are in demand for Australian immigration. Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by taking Visa Bureau’s online assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.


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