Australia's got talent! But turns to UK for IT skills

Australia's got talent! But turns to UK for IT skills

Summary: Australian vendors, recruiters and government agencies arrived in London over the weekend armed with a growing list of IT specialists from the old country needed Down Under, as part of the federal government-hosted Australia Needs Skills expo.

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Australian vendors, recruiters and government agencies arrived in London over the weekend armed with a growing list of IT specialists from the old country needed Down Under, as part of the federal government-hosted Australia Needs Skills expo.

According to an "in demand" occupations list issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, a myriad of computing specialists from network security administrators and SAP experts to Java programmers and Oracle specialists are needed to address Australia's skills shortage.

"These expos link Australian employment specialists including state and territory governments, regional bodies and businesses with skilled workers," said Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in a statement.

"Employer-sponsored migration is a high priority in a skilled migration stream which has economic benefits for everyone in Australia," he said, adding that nearly 25,000 British workers arrived in Australia between 2006 and 2007 through the skilled migration scheme.

Steve Rogers, director of ICT recruitment specialists Rusher Rogers, said that while British IT professionals' skill sets by no means surpass their Australian counterparts, they do bring a sense of "global experience".

"What they do have is that innate, first-hand knowledge of the way things are being done in other countries," said Rogers.

"The real question is how to entice them. There's better money in Europe but that needs to be balanced off against the level of disposable income afforded to them by living in Australia," he said.

Apart from favourable relative earnings, Rogers -- himself an Englishman -- said that skilled IT workers from the UK were more likely to step into a better job than they left.

"If they've got any sense it would be the next step in their career development, that'd be something they'd be pushing for as well as the company, but there's vast competition out there," he said.

Topics: Government, CXO, Government AU, Open Source, Oracle, SAP, IT Employment, EU

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  • This is a Laugh

    How many of our collegues have gone to the UK to work??? I know at least 11.
    Why?? The pay here sucks. The hours suck. The bosses suck.
    So now we are going to import the poms - sensational news - it will make more room for our IT staff to use their passporst and get out.

    I'd rather be paid 3 times my current wage and put up with idiot bosses too.
    anonymous
  • luagh i agree - but dont fear,

    Bad bosses - they sit on a platform of knowing alot about thier application they way they made themselves and using what they learned on the job to tell others that they are superior technically, and hold onto their knowledge by geting rid of others that can do it too. So yes bad conditions in Australia wont be fixed by hiring from OS, these foreign workers will catch on that the conditions here are actually poor!
    anonymous
  • YAY

    1 year in the UK and I earned 5 times what I was offerred here.
    You are treated with respect for your knowledge and asked to contribute.
    Why would anyone want to leave a mature UK IT market that has already been through the OUTSOURCING craze - THEY learnt that it doesn't work long term and come to be mistreated in AU ?
    Pay is less and housing and living is more expensive. AU Jobs are always contract, and the well meaning clueless accountants and lawyers who become project managers should go back to their job and leave IT professionals to do their job.
    anonymous
  • Stupidity

    I know so many people who came here worked for many years on 457s and went back because their employer told them they weren't needed. Unlike countries like Singapore, the Aust govt makes absolutely no provisions to offer these people who have worked in Aust for more than 10 years to stay. They get snapped up overseas quickly! How dumb is this! Even with ENS, the employer has to agree to sponsor the employee. They were short sighted before and they still are now!!!
    anonymous
  • Dont look what you have but look what other have lol

    these aussies are so slow.. i been applying for so many jobs and they reply after a month that they are still reviewing the application.. or its internally filled in or some other obscured reasons.. they should help the people who are already here and secure them then go out n look for others
    anonymous
  • Workers from the UK

    This is a bit of a joke considering that the federal govt has frozen all professional visa being managed by visa agencies and IT companies are screaming for talent. The latest information from the immigration dept advises that it may change in June or July.

    Fixing this issue is critical to filling the job vacancies.
    anonymous