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Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 | 8 comments |

Australia needs more IT professionals

There is a significant shortage of skilled IT professionals on the Australian labor market. According to the recruitment agencies, the reason for this is that not enough young people are studying computer science in the universities. The number of the Australian students who are studying ICT has halved during the last decade Therefore many immigration experts expect that there will be a lot of Australian Sponsorship Visa( subclass 457) granted to foreign IT professionals in the next several years. According to the CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association, Suzanne Campbell, employers are using the 457 visa in order to fill the gap, which currently exists on the local labor market.

Foreigners with Australian Sponsorship visa occupy various positions within the IT industry such as: software developers, software engineers, solution architects, business analysts, systems integrators, project managers etc.

Many Australian Information Technology specialists are however vey critical about the 457 visa program. According to them this visa scheme allows many big companies to easily import foreign workers either directly or through third party providers. Australian Employers however respond that they prefer to hire local candidates but this is not always possible since there are severe labor deficits on the local market.

Latest statistics released from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship show that presently there are 90,280 skilled workers in Australia. Around 8800 of them were people who are employed in the information, media and telecoms industry. 1,870 visas were given to software developers, 1,110 to ICT business analysts and  1,080 to software engineers. Most of the foreign information technology workers come from countries such as United Kingdom, Ireland and India. Workers from these three countries constitute one third of the total number of 457 visas that were issued.

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8 Comments

  1. hi

    I was graduate in Information technology in university.is this major exist in sol of Australia?because I see just ICT and software engineering and …. but I do not see Iformation Technology (IT) in this sol

  2. Hello,

    I think ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is used synonymously with IT (information technology)

    Regrads,

  3. Hi Armita,

    George here from Visafirst, thank you for your enquiry for an Australian visa.

    There are a few more IT related occupations appearing on the demans list for the Skilled Migration.

    Would it be possible to email me your most recent CV so that I can determine your visa options?

    Kind Regards,

  4. Hi,

    I have an ICT degree (Ingeniero en Informatica (Computing Engineering) and ten years of experience.
    I work as Application Manager in a spanish multinational company. Also, I worked as Project Manager in severals companies (For example: Siemens IT).
    I’m 31 years old, and my wife is 35. She is an industrial engineer.

    How long does it take to get a PR VISA? It Is possible apply for a sponsorhip of Victora state?

    We ‘re both Argentinians.

    Thanks

  5. I have around 6 yrs of exp in software development with certification in IBM WebSphere commerce, I m looking for visa sponsored jobs in Australia .

  6. Hi,
    I have around 7 yrs of experience in Software development. I have very good knowledge on SAP ABAP, BI, BODS. I am a BODS certified consultant also. I am looking for visa sponsored jobs in Australia.

  7. Hi Ram,
    Please send your detailed CV to contact@visafirst.com and one of our visa specialists will contact you back with your job and visa options.
    Kind regards,
    VisaFirst team

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