This report delves into the ICT industry employment and training numbers within Australia.
More than 554,000 people work in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) occupations.1 The ICT Industry contributes 4.6 percent of Australia’s GDP and 4.9 percent of economic gross value add. It is a complex and comprehensive industry that affects all business activity and is expected to have an increasing impact. With revenue exceeding $82 billion and investment in research and development at $5.2 billion, the Australian ICT Industry has a critical place in the Australian economy.
Employees in the ICT Industry total 285,0004 , and are employed across four main categories: consulting and software services; manufacturing of hardware and or software; distribution of hardware and or software; and telecommunications services. While IT employer sentiment is dropping there is nevertheless an intention to recruit for skills in financial applications, SAP, architecture and customer relationship positions. Workforce development needs are being driven by the business cycle, new technologies and applications and the Australian government’s digital economy strategy, including the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and prevalence of other high speed broadband platforms.
The impact of the trend in declining enrolments in post secondary ICT training is now being felt as organisations recover from the global financial downturn. Increased participation by some groups, including participation by women and people in regional and remote Australia, offers new prospects for meeting future demand for labour which is expected to grow. Network engineers are the most in demand ICT roles in all states. Project managers, business analysts and developers are also in demand nationally.