Asia can fill IT skills gap

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SOURC­ING tal­ent from across Asia can ease the short­age of skills in IT, says Hays In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

Re­cruit­ing ex­pert Peter Noblet says em­ploy­ers may be slowly em­brac­ing this so­lu­tion but it is far from uni­ver­sally ac­cepted.

‘‘ Find­ing good peo­ple with the right skills re­mains a chal­lenge for em­ploy­ers across the Asia Pa­cific, de­spite cur­rent global eco­nomic con­di­tions,’’ he says.

‘‘ Across de­vel­op­ment, in­fra­struc­ture and busi­ness, or­gan­i­sa­tions are now con­sid­er­ing strate­gies to bridge the skills gap.’’

He says some em­ploy­ers who have never con­sid­ered spon­sor­ing for­eign work­ers are now con­sid­er­ing this op­tion.

Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion and Cit­i­zen­ship fig­ures show the num­ber of sub­class 457 pri­mary visas granted from July to the end of De­cem­ber 2011 was 50.7 per cent higher than the same pe­riod last year.

Noblet says re­cruit­ing from over­seas can be a sim­ple process.

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