Victoria, WA leading ICT worker growth

High demand for management, operations roles according to report

The Victorian and Western Australian ICT employment sector will grow by 3.1 per cent and 3.9 per cent respectively over the next six years according to research released by ACS and Deloitte Access Economics.

Victoria currently has 179, 960 ICT workers. This is forecast to grow to 217,921 workers by 2020.

There are 48, 211 ICT employees in WA. This is expected to rise to 60,605 workers.

Management, operations, technical and professional roles will make up the bulk of the rise in workers.

Demand in the NSW ICT employment sector will grow by an additional 2.1 per cent.

There are currently 215,576 ICT workers employed in NSW, giving it the largest ICT workforce nationally. This is set to reach 243, 757 workers in 2020.

However, NSW is behind Victoria which is forecast to grow by 3.1 per cent and Western Australia ( 3.9 per cent).

Turning to other states, South Australia is set to grow from 31,902 workers to 36,384 workers by 2020- a rise of 2.2 per cent

Meanwhile, in the Northern Territory worker levels are set to rise from 4166 to 4853, an increase of 2.6 per cent.

In the ACT, worker levels will increase from 21,740 to 23,046, an increase of 1 per cent.

Lastly in Tasmania, employment levels will rise slightly from 7776 to 8069, an increase of 0.6 per cent.

Stats for Queensland were not available as yet.

The national annual average growth rate up to 2020 is 2.5 per cent.

In 2014 there was a 5 per cent growth in the number of ICT professionals, with an increase to 600,000 ICT workers nationally.

The local data follows the ACS’ recent report Australia’s Digital Pulse which found there is a national demand for an additional 100,000 ICT workers over the next six years.

Digital technologies are one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy. Economic contribution grew in the past three years to a 5.1 per cent share of GDP – from $50 billion in 2011 to $79 billion in 2013-14.

Commenting on the findings, ACS president Brenda Aynsley said that the projected local growth in the digital economy is strong and NSW is well placed to reap the benefits.

“Recent reports of technology heavyweights seeking additional office space in the CBD points to demand potentially increasing further than these figures show, and this will place NSW in a great position to drive the digital economy,” she said in a statement.

“However to do so, we need to place a far higher priority on meeting the future ICT skills demand from our local education system – we cannot continue to rely heavily on importing the skills otherwise NSW and indeed the nation will be at risk of lagging behind.”

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