The Value of Global IT Experience in Australia
It's widely accepted that the Australian IT industry lags behind those in the United States and Europe.
For this reason, many employers choose to bring in IT workers from overseas to plug skills shortages and to benefit from the expertise of international IT experts.
Some people may be worried about the impact this has on Australians looking for IT jobs. Yet it is important to note that there is value to having global IT experience in Australia.
Learn from the best
If some Australians are not experienced enough for certain IT management jobs, then it is worth bringing in global experts.
Not only does this give businesses the opportunity to work with highly experienced IT professionals, it also gives budding IT workers the chance to learn from the best.
In addition, it will help to raise the bar of IT departments in many Australian organisations, which will only serve to encourage further growth in the industry.
Overcome the IT skills shortage
According to many experts, there is an IT skills shortage in Australia. While this topic is still up for debate, if companies are finding it hard to source local talent then it makes sense to look overseas.
In an interview with Computer World last year, chief executive of the Australian Computer Society Alan Patterson predicted that skills shortages in ICT would grow exponentially over the next few years.
"In Australia, ICT skills shortages continued to grow by up to 14,000 extra ICT jobs in 2013 and 35,000 by 2014," he said.
"At the same time, curriculum initiatives in ICT at the secondary level have not gone far enough to encourage high-achieving students in years 11 and 12 to study tertiary ICT courses or promote the discipline as a rewarding and vibrant career."
Until Australia gets enough graduates coming through to fill the top jobs, it seems sensible to recruit people with global experience.