Over the next five years an additional 40,000 ICT jobs created in NSW according to a new ACS report.

The 2018 ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse Report investigated the digital policy environment in Australia looking and the potential levers to encourage businesses to invest in new technologies, innovation and skills development.

The figures released today are part of a wider report prepared by Deloitte Access Economics which forecasts demand for ICT workers across Australia.

Yohan Ramasundara, president at ACS 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 said the state’s overall growth rate of 2.5 per cent is equal to Victoria and the projected 5 per cent growth in ICT trades 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 wider report released in June highlighted Australia’s ICT workforce grew from 640,800 workers in 2016 to 663,100 workers in 2017, an increase of 3.5 per cent.

Looking ahead, the report forecasts demand for ICT workers is set to grow with the Australian economy requiring an additional 100,000 workers (to 758,700) by 2023.

If Australia wants to become an international leader in digital skills and employment would involve an extra 100,000 ICT jobs – in addition to the 100,000 already forecast over the next five years, according to ACS.

Australia’s ICT Performance

The report also found that Australia’s ICT performance is “middle of the pack” when compared with other countries. Australia has an average relative ranking of seven out of 16 countries across indicators relating to consumers, businesses, workforce skills and the ICT sector.

Australia’s performance in ICT exports and R&D has improved over the past few years but other developed countries have also seen significant growth in digital activity and technological advances.

According to ACS, given the competitive global environment, Australia is only standing still compared to our international peers, despite these recent developments.

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