Broad­band Net­work will add to job growth

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AJOBS boom, led by one of the nation’s biggest in­fra­struc­ture projects, is pre­dicted this year for the in­for­ma­tion technology in­dus­try. The roll­out of the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work is ex­pected to cre­ate jobs.

The next round is sched­uled to get un­der way in the next six months.

Hays re­gional di­rec­tor Lisa Mor­ris says the IT sec­tor is ‘‘brac­ing it­self’’’ for the im­pact of the roll­out and the strain that will place on the avail­abil­ity of tal­ent.

‘‘We are now meet­ing with em­ploy­ers who hon­estly be­lieve they will not be able to find the IT skills they need in Aus­tralia as a re­sult of the NBN,’’ she says.

‘‘The NBN is also ex­pected to push up con­tract rates in IT in re­sponse to the short­age of skills.

‘‘While an in­flux of over­seas skilled pro­fes­sion­als is ex­pected to help ease de­mand, the nat­u­ral con­se­quence of ris­ing con­tract rates is that peo­ple will leave a per­ma­nent role to take ad­van­tage.’’

The roll­out will need project man­agers, busi­ness an­a­lysts, se­nior de­vel­op­ers and en­gi­neers.

Pro­gram­mers and com­puter an­a­lysts, how­ever, also will be re­quired for other IT work.

Ta­lent2 SA gen­eral man­ager Laura Mabikafola pre­dicts ‘‘a fair bit of move­ment’’ in IT this year as ex­ist­ing work­ers change jobs and new re­cruits are hired.

‘‘It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a growth mar­ket for this year,’’ she says.

Ax­ios IT gen­eral man­ager Matt Lar­wood says it is likely to re­cruit new work­ers in 2011.

He says much of the growth in IT is be­ing driven by busi­ness, which is be­ing forced by con­sumers to pro­vide more tech­no­log­i­cal ser­vices.

‘‘They need to con­tinue to move for­ward to make the busi­ness more ef­fi­cient and gen­er­ate more rev­enue streams us­ing on­line,’’ he says.

‘‘The mo­men­tum in busi­ness is driv­ing the in­crease de­mand for technology.

‘‘IT grew out of peo­ple work­ing it out for them­selves.

‘‘But I think, more and more these days, for­mal qualifications are what peo­ple will need to have up their sleeve as well as ex­pe­ri­ence, too.’’

Ax­ios IT’s Matt Lar­wood and project co-or­di­na­tor Taniya Ozog.

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