Australians lack awareness of tech jobs or how to get into them, and training pathways to the jobs aren’t always fit for purpose, according to a new roadmap to address the sector’s hunger for more workers.
Report and article prepared by the Tech Council of Australia (TCA) and Accenture Delivering 1.2 million jobs – a roadmap to create a thriving Australian tech workforce In the year It explains what will be needed to meet the New Labor government’s pledge to have 1.2 million tech workers in Australia by 2030.
Australia currently employs around 860,000 people in the sector, and Labor has delivered on its promise with TCA to create more than 300,000 tech jobs over the next 8 years.
The report, released today by Afterpay founder and TCA director Anthony Eisen and Industry and Science Minister Ed Husich, comes 12 months after TCA was established as a lobby group to champion growth and investment in Australia’s technology sector.
TCA collaborated with the Digital Skills Organization (DSO) on the report. Last year, TCA and DSO announced a partnership to address Australia’s tech skills shortage by creating the Digital Employers Forum, which includes leading technology employers and educators.
TCA chief executive Kate Pounder said the new technology jobs were vital to Australia’s future.
“They are among the fastest-growing, best-paid, most secure and most flexible jobs in Australia. The gender pay gap is half that of other high-paying industries,” she said.
“These jobs are critical to every major industry in the Australian economy – across a wide range of employers and educators participating in the Digital Jobs Forum, including retail, banking, mining, government, professional services, software and telecommunications, all with a shared vision to create pathways to work.
Pounder said getting more Australians into tech jobs was a key way to meet the goals of the upcoming jobs conference.
“This includes lifting productivity and wages without inflation, increasing job security, addressing the gender pay gap and improving employment outcomes for disadvantaged Australians,” she said.
The report, which suggested that national action is needed to make these technology jobs accessible, pointed out that there is a severe shortage, especially in technical and experienced technology roles.
Vacancies in technology are 60% higher than the national average and are forecast to triple the rate.
Alongside large gaps in business and creative jobs such as product managers are the most severe shortages in technical jobs such as software programmers and computer network specialists.
The report identified 5 key issues that require attention to achieve the employment plan. they are:
- Lack of awareness about tech jobs or how to get into them.
- Current training products and pathways into tech jobs aren’t always fit for purpose.
- Strong demographic challenges with women, older people and regional Australians under-represented in tech jobs.
- A small talent pool with the skills and experience needed to work in experienced technical roles
- Lack of concerted effort, analysis and planning for the technology workforce.
Industry and Science Minister Ed Husich said the government is taking its first steps to build on existing tech jobs to create Temporary Jobs and Skills Australia, part of a drive to recognize and tackle the country’s skills crisis.
“One of my priorities in my ministry is to meet with key stakeholders in the technology sector and organize a round table to achieve common goals,” he said.
“The government is taking action in line with the report’s recommendations.
“By building our national training system, supporting final year students and graduate entrepreneurs and buying things in Australia, we’re creating the right environment for success.”
“Our future plans will drive demand for Australian-made products. We will create good jobs and provide skills to keep Australians safe.”
“We are also committed to improving migration settings to support higher productivity and wages in all sectors, including the technology sector.”
Kate Pounder says government and industry must work together to break down barriers.
“We believe Australia has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to become a global technology powerhouse by leading in critical areas such as quantum and fintech, as well as increasing our leadership in B2B software as a service,” she said.
“The good news is that the report breaks down the barriers the sector can do, the government can do and the industry and government can play together to break down the barriers.”
DSO chief executive Patrick Kidd said: “It’s our mission as an industry to make digital skills and technology jobs accessible to more people and faster, regardless of background, training or experience.”