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Northern Territory sees IT jobs surge

NT tech employment jumps by over 8%

10 August 2022

The Northern Territory’s tech workforce jumped by 8.7% this year according to the 2022 ACS Digital Pulse Report.

Prepared each year by Deloitte Access Economics for ACS, the annual snapshot of the national IT workforce found the state’s technology sector employs 4,889 workers, an 8.7% increase on last year’s numbers.

ACS Northern Territory Chair, Damian Charles, said: “the Territory’s IT jobs growth underscores how important technology is to all sectors, whether it’s resources, agriculture, tourism, or government.

“At current growth rates we can expect the NT’s tech sector to employ over 5,000 people next year, making it an important contributor to Territory’s economy. This requires us to continue our focus on creating pathways for local Territorians to join the IT Professions and have long term careers in a sector that provides so much opportunity.

“We’re looking forward to continuing working with the NT government and our partners to ensure the Territory has a strong, advanced economy so we can take advantage of being Australia’s gateway to Asia.”

Nationally, the report found Australia’s tech workforce grew by 8% over the previous year, with over 870,000 Australians now working in IT roles. By comparison, the workforce as a whole only grew 3.4%.

In the next five years the tech sector will employ over 1.2 million Australians, with the workforce having an average annual growth rate of 5.5%, the report found.  

Digital Pulse also flagged the need for Australian businesses and government to do more to train workers and encourage greater diversity in the technology workforce. Women represent only 31% of the technology workers, compared to 48% across the Australian workforce.

In the report, ACS recommends seven measures to address the nation’s technology skills needs:

1.            develop and promote workplace policies to encourage diverse technology talent

2.            provide schoolteachers with more resources to improve student digital literacy and increase awareness of technology career pathways

3.            greater coordination between agencies to develop skills in the technology workforce

4.            further encourage businesses to deepen digital skills in other occupations

5.            work to retain existing technology talent in Australia

6.            encourage employers to consider more diverse pathways into the technology sector

7.            boost government and industry investment in the technology sector.

John O’Mahony, Partner at Deloitte Access Economics and co-author of the Digital Pulse series added: “Australia’s tech workforce growth has been astonishing – we will soon have one million tech workers in this country.

“Individuals can earn, on average, an extra $11,000 every year in salary in tech occupations compared with other professional occupations. If we can boost diversity in the technology workforce it could be worth over $20 billion to our economy over the next two decades.”

Digital Pulse also highlighted how businesses can better retain current workers and attract new staff by supporting diverse workforces and flexible working conditions.

The full 2022 Digital Pulse report can be downloaded from the ACS website at www.acs.org.au.

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Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

 

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