However according to Clarius as soon as the NBN roll out starts in earnest the country will be forced to bring in overseas IT professionals with networking experience as there simply aren't the numbers of these specialist personal available in Australia.
Clarius pays KPMG Econotech to conduct the survey on its behalf, using Australian Bureau of Statistics and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations data. An index of 100 represents perfect skills-demand balance where figures above 101 are considered to indicate skills shortages.
Across all sectors of the economy Clarius noted that; 'National skills shortages are re-emerging after a small oversupply in the December quarter.' Although demand for workers across the board was rocked by the spate of national disasters earlier in the year Clarius claimed that there was pressure on the supply of IT employees partly as a result of the $4 billion of combined IT investment programmes being run by the big banks and the continued roll out of the National Broadband Network.
According to the report demand for IT professionals in the resources sector is on the move in Western Australia, while finance sector specialists are needed in Victoria although that state also experienced in a slow down in demand for senior roles paying $120,000 and above.
It also noted that; 'The ACT is experiencing an extreme backlog in Government security clearance applications, meaning many applicants are finding employment elsewhere.'