iSoft looking to create 500 Aussie jobs

iSoft looking to create 500 Aussie jobs

Summary: Australian-listed e-health company iSoft is considering upping its headcount in Australia by 500 people, hoping to increase the percentage of research and development workers it fields down under.

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Australian-listed e-health company iSoft is considering upping its headcount in Australia by 500 people, hoping to increase the percentage of research and development workers it fields down under.

Denis Tebbutt

Denis Tebbutt
(Credit: iSoft)

"We are looking for investment and I've asked for a significant amount of investment to put back into Australia," iSoft managing director Australia and New Zealand Denis Tebbutt said today at an Australian Information Industry Association event in Sydney.

He said that ever since he'd come to Australia a dozen years ago, he had seen that there were phenomenal levels of innovation in the country. However, that didn't mean innovation would always be there.

"Unfortunately innovative businesses can't scale," he said. "They tend to get acquired. They get acquired by an offshore entity. What actually happens is the intellectual property and the people associated with it go and sit on the beach or to India or something like that."

He admitted that iSoft was guilty of similar behaviour. "We've got 4700 people, we've got half of them in India," he said.

Yet Tebbutt was hoping to change that situation by looking into forming centres of innovation for healthcare within Australia which could employ up to 500 Australian IT workers. The advent of the National Broadband Network, as an initiative which enables the national e-health industry, has increased the likelihood of this occurring, although any other government initiative which fosters e-health on a national scale would do the same, according to iSoft.

"I think in our own industry we've got to realise that we've got phenomenal opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. I'm a great advocate of building intellectual capacity here. I'm driving that within our own organisation to bring it back here so that we can re-establish ourselves as a centre of excellence," Tebbutt said. "We have to convince the governments here and the people that run healthcare to actually recognise that opportunity to re-engage and get innovation going."

Topics: IT Employment, Emerging Tech, Health, Tech Industry

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  • They are already stretched

    To hear the news that Isoft is
    "upping the headcount" is welcome relief for their existing support staff. Isoft have won a lot of new contracts over the last 3 years in AU/NZ and they haven't increased their support staff whilst losing a number of key staff as well...... I hope Mr Cohen and co... recognise the efforts that their existing staff have done to keep their reputation and products clunking along before they go out and spend squillions on recruitment
    anonymous
  • What a joke

    Increasing headcount!? Yeah, with cheap 457's no doubt.
    anonymous
  • Headcount decrease

    Sounds like iSoft is planning to reduce the headcount. When they decide to recuit 500, 1000 might have already left the company.
    anonymous
  • It's a business. Why would recognition matter?

    It's interested in profit. If recognition gets profit, you're recognised :)
    Don't fool yourself into thinking that your efforts matter a damn. You're probably a commodity that can be replaced by any off-the-shelf graduate.
    Bring something unique to the floor, and you may be ok.
    I doubt that, because your post indicates you'd be worth trashing for making Isoft look disreputable.
    Could I suggest you leave and work for a company you are happy with?
    anonymous
  • This is the biggest crock of !@%&* They just made 30 staff redundant last week

    iSoft made 30 people redundant only a week ago and then a press release by Denis Tebbutt - go figure.. I hear the hit list for redundancies is for a total of 75 Australian employees - 1st round has happened, round 2 and 3 coming?
    anonymous
  • Is this a joke?

    What a joke.....There are Redundancies happening in the company at a very wrong time of the year that too....

    good politics Mr. Tebutt, redundant 100 and hire 25...
    anonymous
  • RE: It's a business. Why would recognition matter?

    A happy worker is a productive worker, recognition matters, that's where the profit is!
    stop and think about it.

    High turn over of technical staff is not good practice, that's how companies fail. Knowledge leave with unhappy staff!

    Isoft makes itself disreputable. Say one thing and do the other. Who's going to take Isoft seriously.


    "Could I suggest you leave and work for a company you are happy with?"

    I would rather try work things out, I don't give up that easily on relationship.
    anonymous