January 22, 2010


The seasonally adjusted Olivier Job Index shows that IT job ads rose 0.46 per cent in December, month-on-month, closely tracking the market average of an overall rise of about 0.49 per cent.

IT job vacancies for December were 31 per cent lower than a year ago, but Olivier Group director Robert Olivier said that was still up 12 per cent from June, when pessimism over the GFC was at its peak. “My reading is that the last month’s unemployment figure surprised many but, given the way that ads have been performing in the last six months, we feel that there’s a positive employment trend,” Mr Olivier said.

December’s small rise in IT vacancies was attributable to a sharp drop in ads for desktop support roles (10.5 per cent) and technical writers (4.8 per cent) being offset by leaps in roles for sales and marketing professionals (8.6 per cent) and software developers.

Mr Olivier said the shift in the mix of vacancy types might indicate the mood in the IT sector was turning more optimistic.

“Management sales roles tend to be higher-paid roles so it may be that people have seen the confidence return,” he said.

While jobs in other sectors were more vulnerable to short-term market activity such as interest rates, IT vacancies tended to be linked to long-term economic radars due to the sector’s strategic nature. “IT projects have generally been kept on the backburner by organisations so it could be that as those constraints tend to ease up a bit . . . that people are getting more optimistic. The IT market has been slow to respond, compared to many other sectors, in the last six months.”

NSW and Victoria held the worst prospects for IT jobseekers during the month, with respective overall declines in vacancies of 0.86 per cent and 1.17 per cent, seasonally adjusted.

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Source: The Australian January 19, 2010

January 22, 2010


The English language requirements for General Skilled Migration will be raised to a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in each of the four components.

This change has already been introduced for offshore Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa application in July 2009 and will now affect onshore Skilled Regional Sponsored applications and all applicants who nominate a trade occupation from 1 January 2010.

The General Skilled Migration program is designed to attract migrants who are likely to obtain skilled employment when they arrive in Australia. The English language requirement is designed to support this objective and to ensure migrants have the best possible opportunity of settling into life and work in Australia.

The Australian Government uses the migration program to address skill shortages and meet the needs of the economy. In light of the current social and economic needs of Australia, the Government is able to adjust migration levels and entry requirements according to the current situation. Meeting the English language requirement is just one of many requirements to qualify for Skilled migration to Australia that can and does change through immigration policy.

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January 22, 2010


AUSTRALIA faces a potential skills shortfall equivalent to 1.4 million workers by 2025 unless the workforce participation rate increases, according to new research that recommends raising the retirement age and boosting skilled migration.

The Workplace Futures report, to be presented to the Victoria Summit in Melbourne today, urges federal and state governments to lift barriers to older workers and disadvantaged groups participating in the workforce.

Despite predicting strong population growth based on the continuation of high birth and net migration rates, the paper warns the ageing population will mean a decline in workforce growth, exacerbating labour shortages to levels worse than between 2006 and 2008. The paper, prepared by the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says the shortfall in the state by 2025 could potentially be 440,000 workers, if retirement and migration rates remain at current levels. One of the authors, Darin Ritchie, said yesterday that if workforce trends did not change, the projected participation rate nationally in 2025 would drop from 65.2 per cent to 61.8 per cent. “To meet moderate levels of labour-demand growth, Australia’s participation rate would need to be 68 per cent,” he said. “This could potentially leave a shortfall of 1.4 million workers.

“To address this workforce deficit, Australia needs to raise the average retirement age, increase the workforce participation of disadvantaged groups, increase migration, or offset labour demand through productivity growth.”

The forecasts are based on Australian Bureau of Statistics population growth projections of 1.6 per cent, jobs growth of 1.9 per cent, and an unemployment rate at 4.5 per cent. “The prominence of demographic change and skill shortages has recently been overtaken by the economic downturn of the last 12 months,” the paper says. “With unemployment increasing over that period, it would be easy to assume we no longer have a labour or skills shortage problem. However, skills shortages still exist in many industries, and the reality of Australia’s ageing workforce means we face a structural deficit of workers over the next 15 years.”


Based on three months of interviews with representatives of government, business, education institutions and unions, the paper recommend policy changes, including the Victorian government raising or eliminating the workers compensation age limit.

Federal and state governments should work with universities to assess the potential for using overseas students to meet current and future skills and labour needs.

This could include increasing the ratio of postgraduate research in overseas student enrolments and improving job opportunities for graduate overseas students.

Wayne Kayler-Thomson, the chamber’s chief executive, said encouraging older and disadvantaged workers by removing barriers to training would lift workforce participation rates.

Source: .The Australian November 17, 2009

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