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In Focus: IT Graduates a Scarce Resource

Posted by Belinda Luby

IT Graduates are a scarce resource in Australia making it harder and harder for employers to fill graduate roles at a rate that does not exceed corporate budgets. According to the Candle Index there was a 1,100 worker shortage of Computing Professionals in 2011. Skilled Computing Professionals in the sector will grow by 3,700 by 2016, which will leave a 1,200 person shortfall of predicted demand, increasing the need for employers to locate prospective IT employees quickly and effectively.

 

High quality database

GradConnection has many high quality IT graduates on their database with the majority of Graduates in the GradConnection database having Credit averages at 44.3%, closely followed by a large 34.9% with Distinction averages. 10.8% of our Graduates hold a High Distinction average, and just 9.8% of Graduates hold a Pass average.

31.6% of the GradConnection database are Australian Citizens, closely followed by 23.9% of the database on an Australian Student Visa. Australian Permanent Residents constitute just 17.9% of Graduates with 9.3% on an Australian Working Visa. Graduates on an Australian Bridging Visa make up only 5% of Graduates, with Other Citizenship statuses all under 5%.

 

Locations

The highest density of Grads are tied in two locations - Melbourne and Sydney both at 35%. Perth is next with 19% of IT Grads located there, followed by just 6% in Brisbane. Adelaide and Canberra tied at 1.5% of IT grads in those areas, with Darwin holding just .03% of the database showing graduate location correlates with city size, and relocating grads may be a factor in graduate recruitment campaigns. 


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