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The Information & Communication Technologies professions comprise 447,000 workers in Australia and in line with the better
economic conditions, annual employment growth has increased to 1.8 % (year ended August 2010). Another reason for the
current growth is because there was under-investment in ICT areas during the GFC. Companies are now investing again. Demand
has also been underpinned by large IT projects, including bank core system upgrades and utility sector upgrades. ICT companies
are reporting improved trading conditions, with CGS, Data #3, DWS Advanced Business Solutions and SMS Management &
Technology all reporting strong proft growth in August 2010. As a sign of the strength in the market, SMS alone hired an extra
170 people in the frst half of this year.
Growth in ICT professionals is developing even more rapidly, up 4.3% (year ended August 2010). Strong growth is apparent
among ICT business and system analysts, multi-media and web designers, software and applications programmers, computer
network professionals and telecommunications engineers. The latter segment is expected to grow further with the anticipated
rollout of the National Broadband Network.
Growth in positions has been strong in both NSW and Victoria. In NSW, professional positions are growing at 3.5% and specialist
ICT management positions are also advancing strongly. In Victoria, ICT management positions are growing very strongly, with
positions for ICT professionals up 6.3% in the year to August 2010. In Queensland, although the overall market is slightly softer,
positions for professionals are growing again, with the weakness being in the sales area. In SA, demand for professionals is
very strong but once again it is in the sales area that positions are falling. This is the same situation in WA, where jobs for ICT
professionals are also growing.
With major upgrade work underway in corporate Australia and better business confdence, the ICT industry is forecast to
continue to expand, with jobs growing at 3.6% p.a. by year ended May 2011.
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After a soft 2009, this sector is really picking up
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