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Employers predicted to pounce on ICT postgraduates

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015

Information Age

Academics voice concerns.

A postgraduate degree will best serve your job prospects in ICT over the next five years of any qualification, according to a report by the ACS and Deloitte Access Economics.

The report, Australia's Digital Pulse, predicts demand for ICT workers with postgraduate qualifications will grow 4.2 percent a year until 2020.

If that is realised, the number of ICT workers in Australia with postgraduate qualifications would rise from 169,508 in 2014 to 216,922 in 2020.

"Strong demand growth for postgraduate ICT qualifications reflects the broader ‘skills deepening’ trend in the labour market; that is, a growing propensity towards holding higher qualifications," the report said.

But the prediction was met with a mixed response from academics surveyed by Information Age.

Professor Nick Wailes, Associate Dean (Digital & Innovation) at the UNSW Australia Business School, was not surprised by the "robust" prediction of future postgraduate skills demand.

He said present enrolment levels were "strong".

"I think we've always been a little surprised that demand isn't higher than it has been because industry's really signalling for these type of [qualifications]," Wailes said.

His school recently launched an MBA in technology to cater for demand for business leaders with ICT knowledge and skills.

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