Thursday, 04 October 2018 02:03

NSW to see more than 40,000 new tech jobs over next 5 years

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ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, has launched its "2018 ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse report in Sydney", showing 40,000 ICT jobs are likely to be created in NSW alone.

The detailed, 80+ page report highlights that those 40,000+ ICT jobs will have "an annualised growth rate of 2.5%, which, along with Victoria, is the highest in the country". 

ACS president Yohan Ramasundara said: “The demand for digital skills in our economy is exploding.

“The growth of artificial intelligence, automation and the internet of things is driving significant disruption across all industries, and highly trained ICT professionals are in more demand than ever before.

“If we want to be competitive in the world economy, we need to invigorate the education and training sectors to increase Australia’s ICT talent pool."

A NSW ACS spokesperson praised the strong growth in both ICT trades and ICT management and operations, stating: “New South Wales has always been a strong performer in terms of digital growth but these latest figures show that we really are continuing as Australia’s home of digital growth.

“While our overall growth rate of 2.5% sits on a level with that of Victoria, the projected growth in ICT trades of almost 5% is nation leading.

"We have a cohort of workers in New South Wales who are seeing the benefits of technology as a career and as a result of that our state economy will transform.

"The support of the NSW Government, particularly in the startup space, is critical if we are to continue this growth.”

The report also investigates "Australia’s international competitiveness in ICT, finding that Australia is in the middle of the pack without any movement over the last five years".

ACS tells us its "Digital Pulse 2018 investigates the digital policy environment in Australia and looks at the potential levers to encourage businesses to invest in new technologies, innovation and skills development".

"It reveals how we can accelerate digitally led economic growth and improve Australia’s overall international ICT competitiveness."

The full report can be freely downloaded as a PDF document here

The 2018 edition of ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse will be launched in Sydney at the ACS Innovation Hub in Barangaroo by the Hon Matt Kean, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.

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