Insight: The top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills in Australia

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Source: Australian Financial Review

Top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills

  • Australia will need another 100,000 tech workers over the next five years.
  • Customer service, management and leadership are the three most in demand skills.
  • The most in demand jobs are project manager, business analyst and business development manager.

Australia has created 63,000 new tech jobs over the last three years, and the 2018 edition of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Pulse forecasts the Australian economy will need an additional 100,000 tech workers, to 758,700, by 2023.

Almost half (49%) are directly employed in tech‑related industries such as computer system design, telecommunication services and internet service provision. The rest are employed in other industries throughout the economy.

The largest employer outside of tech‑related industries is the professional, scientific and technical services, which employs 72,800.

Here are the tech roles getting the most job advertisements:

Acs Top 10 Tech Jobs

The most in‑demand ICT occupations are roles that combine technical requirements with broader business needs.

Here are the top 20 skills of those who moved jobs last year:

Top 20 skills possessed by ICT workers who moved jobs 2017

Top 20 skills possessed by ICT workers who moved jobs 2017

ACS Digital Pulse: Australia needs 200,000 more tech workers in five years

The technology skills gap in Australia is deepening, with an extra 200,000 technology workers needed in the next five years if the country is going to be a world leader in the digital economy, according to a new report from the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Deloitte.

The ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse Report states that the 200,000 workers equates to an increase of 30 per cent and would bring the ICT workforce up to almost 871,000 people, but currently there are still less than 5000 local graduates from ICT degrees each year.

[Further reading: ACS: Australia needs 200,000 more tech workers in five years]

President of the ACS Yohan Ramasundara told The Australian Financial Review at least 100,000 additional workers would be required just to meet the country’s needs.

“It’s not an easy challenge to resolve and in the short term the skills we need to develop will have to be complemented by attracting overseas talent… but it’s very important to build up our own pipeline of talent,” he said.

“We need to have an Australia strategy and think through what we want to be known for by 2030 and even 2050. For example, we’re doing well in cyber security and we rank third out of the 16 countries we examined, so if that’s a niche, we need to call it out and say that’s an area where we want to play.”

Talent shortage

The 2018 ACS Digital Pulse report stated that in the last year there were 22,300 new technology jobs created.

The lack of local graduates is putting strain on businesses looking for technology talent and head of people at startup accelerator BlueChilli, Claudia Barriga-Larriviere, said product managers had become like the “unicorns” of tech talent.

“Door to door, it used to take us 45-55 days to get a product manager but the last one we’ve hired has taken us 82 days,” she said.

“We can’t keep wanting to remain an island. There’s the pipeline issue with graduates, but then you also don’t want to fill startups up with people who are day one into their career.”

BlueChilli is hiring between 16 and 20 people in the next six months ranging from digital marketers to user experience designers. Ms Barriga-Larriviere said this was the first year the company had been forced to evaluate how it could overcome the talent shortage and still achieve the company’s goals.

The ACS report also found that the further adoption of digital technologies had the potential to add an extra $66 billion to Australia’s gross domestic product in the next five years.

More ICT exports

The nation has also shifted for the first time from being a net importer of ICT services to an exporter, with exports outstripping imports by $290 million. Total IT exports is now worth $3.2 billion, up from $2.8 billion last year.

But while this shows an improvement in the country’s innovation “outputs”, as it’s termed by the Productivity Commission, Australia still ranks poorly on a global basis, with ICT making up just 1 per cent of exports.

“Australia came in 13th out of 16 countries, with Israel leading the pack with ICT making up 12 per cent of exports, but it was still a milestone in itself,” Mr Ramasundara said.

“We’re turning a corner, which is good, but we can’t afford to take the focus away from ICT investment. We can’t be good at everything, but we need to identify our strengths and must-have skill areas.”

As well as bringing in more offshore talent, Mr Ramasundara said the local workforce needed to be reskilled and universities needed to offer more short courses to enable “micro-credentialling”, in which people could learn new skills that could eventually be combined to form a degree.

The ACS Digital Pulse report made four major recommendations for policy makers on the back of its findings including reassessing the tax landscape to support digital investment, changing accounting standards to reflect the value of data and other “intangibles” as an asset, greater usage of data for policy development and improved procurement processes in government to enable better technology project outcomes.

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