The Courier-Mail

Soft­ware jobs’ hard times

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AN ALARM has been sounded over the threat to Aus­tralian jobs by an in­flux of In­dian com­puter ex­perts.

More In­dian IT spe­cial­ists are com­ing here an­nu­ally on per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary visas than the num­ber of stu­dents com­plet­ing com­puter cour­ses in Aus­tralian univer­si­ties, a new re­port has found.

The Aus­tralian Pop­u­la­tion Re­search In­sti­tute study said last year more than 4500 In- dian soft­ware pro­gram­mers and sys­tems an­a­lysts were granted con­tro­ver­sial 457 visas. In­di­ans com­prised 79 per cent of pro­gram­mers and 69 per cent of sys­tems an­a­lysts given the visas in 2013-14.

Re­port au­thor Dr Bob Bir­rell said the visa hold­ers were mainly spon­sored by In­dian com­pa­nies that had set up branches in Aus­tralia to bid for lu­cra­tive com­puter con­tracts from lo­cal com­pa­nies.

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