ICT

In 2018, there were 72,65 ICT workers in Tasmania, and job growth is increasing by 8% each year.

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Industry Overview

ICT industry is comprised of jobs in:

  • Information technology – work with computers, software, applications and databases.
  • Communications technology – work with soft and hard telco
    networks (copper, optical, radio
    frequency and internet protocol).
  • Digital media – work with mobiles, video, social media for digitally delivered information or entertainment. 

In Tasmania over half of the skilled ICT jobs are in other priority industry industries rather than in traditional IT companies.

That means your employer may be in aged care, agriculture and aquaculture, advanced manufacturing, disability services, energy and infrastructure.

In 2018, there were 72,65 ICT workers in Tasmania, and job growth is increasing by 8% each year.

The Tasmanian ICT Workforce Action Plan 2020-23 has infographics to illustrate the industry in Tasmania.

 

 

An industry skills forecast in 2019 by PwC highlights how business seeks both broader business skills and specialist technical skills. Examples below:

High level technical skills – work with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things, cloud computing and
cyber-security, as well as emerging software development methodologies and practices.

Digital transformation skills –  project and change management skills to help business in the area of cloud computing, data management, data-confidentially and cybersecurity. 

Business skills – ICT professionals are increasingly involved in strategic decision making across business functions so business skills and a broader knowledge of functional areas such as finance, sales,
marketing and production is needed.

Skills for automation –  business needs system development, robotics, system diagnosis and maintenance combined with operational, functional and industry specific domain knowledge to automate roles.

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Qualifications

Vocational Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate IV in Information technology
  • Certificate IV in Computer Systems technology
  • Diploma in Information Technology Networking

Tertiary qualifications – UTAS

  • Bachelor of Information & Communication
  • Technology
    Master of Information Technology and Systems

 

 

Example position titles

  • Media Professionals
  • Call or Contact Centre Information Clerks
  • Contract, Program, and Project Administrators
  • ICT and Telecommunications Technicians
  • Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers
  • Sales, Marketing and Public Relations Professionals
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Database and Systems Administrators
  • ICT Security Specialists
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Computer Network Professionals
  • Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
  • Multimedia Specialists
  • Web Developers

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Networking

LinkedIn pages and groups:

  • Tas IT Industry  – the TAS IT Industry is a place where you can network with and link to other local ICT Professionals.
  • Tasmanian IT Industry – a group for Tasmanian I.T. Professionals to network with each other and to promote Tasmania’s I.T. Industry
  • TasICT – TasICT is Tasmania’s peak industry body for the Information Communication Technology sector.
  • FutureFest Tasmania – FutureFest is a week-long celebration of technology in Tasmania
  • Digital Future Tasmania – Digital Future Tasmania is a not-for-profit group aimed to create an inclusive space for professional people to access and share information about how to best grow the digital economy in Tasmania.
  • Intuit Technology – Intuit Technologies is an established company that has been in business for over 20 years and with a team of over 150 strong. 

 

 

Peak Bodies

  • TasICT – TasICT represents the ICT industry, businesses who utilise technology, IT divisions and departments, ICT consultants, and technology creators and developers. TasICT provides up-to-date events and professional development resources.
  • Australian Computer Society – ACS provides continuing professional development, networking, and events, ACS career platform to get career advice and a plan for your career to understand your competencies and capabilities. ACS also provides information tailored to migrants, part of ACS’s role is to assess the skills and qualifications of ICT professionals who are considering migration to Australia to work in ICT.
  • Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) – ITPA is a non for profit organization established to advance the understanding of ICT matters within the community, corporate, and government sectors in Australia. ITPA aims to deliver outcomes that enhance and enrich society through the understanding and application of technology in an increasingly online world. ITPA also provides up-to-date events and professional development resources and short courses.

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Industry Advice

In-demand ICT skills for 2021 identified by Hays Recruiting company include:

Cloud Engineers in both AWS and Azure. Demand has increased because of COVID-19 and the resulting growth of virtual working models that require scalable, secure, reliable and cost-effective off-premises technologies; 

Security Awareness Consultants who can effectively educate employees about online dangers when working remotely;

Full Stack Developers with React, Microservices, and Cloud (AWS or Azure) experience. Demand is due to increased traffic to businesses’ customer-facing systems.

 

 

Tasmania is a small state which means the industry is well networked – take steps to know others, and be known by them.

There are local education providers delivering ICT nationally recognised qualifications in Tasmania, and incentive to search for work in a regional area like Tasmania for migration purposes.

The result is a competitive job market, especially for graduates and early career professionals, with shortages for experienced professionals. 

Don’t rely on your technical skills or qualification alone. Get involved with delivering a project in the real world as an intern or volunteer.

Decide how you will demonstrate your transferrable skills in Tasmania, as proof of your communication and cultural fit.

And take the chance to develop broader business and skills to complement your ICT skills. 

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Finding Jobs in Tasmania

Online job boards

Network

 

 

Career Pages

  • Government jobs pages – state and local council career pages
  • Business career pages – when the market is competitive they may not advertise online job boards. Some also welcome resumes even when no positions are advertised. For example,  InteractIT, LiveTiles, and TasmanianIT

Recruiters

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Acknowledgements

The Migrant Network acknowledges the invaluable input from TasICT for the Industry Insights webinar series.


"Most useful was resume making (I came to know many wonderful things)." Skilled migrant, 23 January 2021.

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