ICT workforce young
A statistical bulletin providing an overview of Australia’s ICT workforce as at August 2009 has been released.
The bulletin includes an overview of the Australian Public Service (APS) ICT workforce and covers staff numbers and capabilities, which also identifies trends and forecasts in ICT labour market supply and demand.
The bulletin says the Australian ICT workforce is predominantly male, working full‑time and younger than the rest of the Australian workforce, with about two-thirds aged 25 to 44 years, compared to 47 per cent of the non-ICT workforce.
It says in May 2008, 295,000 people were employed in the Australian ICT workforce - 11 per cent more than in 2001; and the highest proportion of ICT personnel were employed in software engineering (25 per cent).
It says employment increased, on average, 9.6 per cent per year in quality assurance/testing, the highest rate of growth for any occupation group.
“About two-thirds of Australia’s ICT workforce is employed in NSW and Victoria compared to 58 per cent of the total employed - the ACT employs 4 per cent of the ICT workforce,” the bulletin says.
It says in the APS, the roles with the highest age profile are strategic leadership and databases.
“For all APS agencies, the role with the highest proportion of contractors is in development and programming with 31-32 per cent, most likely to be partially or fully outsourced,” it says.
“Only 16 per cent of small APS agencies do not outsource any of their networks and telecommunicationsto other government departments.”
The bulletin says across all participating APS agencies, the total size of the identified ICT workforce as at 30 June 2009 was 11,895.
“This comprises 7.2 per cent of the total workforce of 165,912,” it says.
“For small agencies (those with an ICT workforce of less than 20), there was a total of 334 ICT workers, or 3.8 per cent of the total workforce of 8,755.
“For medium agencies (those with an ICT workforce of between 20 and 99), there was a total of 862 ICT employees, or 3.5 per cent of the total workforce of 24,491.
“For large agencies (those with an ICT workforce of 100 or more), there was a total of 10,699 ICT employees, or 8.1 per cent of the total workforce of 132,666.”
More information is available from this PS News link.
Edition 375, 20 August 2013