25 February 2008

Australia immigration could strengthen ICT industry

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An ICT skills shortage in Australia is restricting the industry's growth, according to a new report. Research from the Australian Computer Society (ACS) has revealed that the ICT industry is being held back by a lack of staff. This is a problem which could be solved through Australian immigration.

Kumar Parakala, president of ACS, said: "The report provides a significant overview of the current state of the ICT industry and its impact on other industry sectors." He added that the findings of the report suggest that "employment volatility is declining, vacancies are up to record highs and employment growth is slowing". The ICT industry in Australia generates revenue of $84.3 billion (£39.6 billion) according to the report.

ICT careers can be found on the Australia Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and people looking to Australia immigration who work in the profession can take a skilled visa online assessment. A survey by recruitment company Diversiti earlier this month revealed that 72 per cent of IT professionals consider themselves to be in demand.

Australia needs skilled IT workers: 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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