Digital Pulse report urges diversity as tech workforce continues to thrive

More than 1.2 million people are expected to join the tech workforce by 2027, according to the ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2022 report.

The report finds that tech jobs pay better than other industries and suggests ways the country can address the chronic shortage of IT workers.

It recommends strengthening the diversity of the sector and building up the pool of skills.

The report found that the country’s tech workforce grew by 8% from the previous year, with more than 870,000 Australians now working in IT roles. In comparison, the workforce as a whole increased by only 3.4%.

Over the next five years, the sector will employ over 1.2 million Australians, with the workforce growing at an average annual rate of 5.5%.

The report called on business and government to train more workers and encourage diversity in the workforce.

According to the report, women make up just 31% of tech workers, compared to 48% in the overall Australian workforce.

“The tech workforce is less diverse, with women making up just 31% of the workforce. As the report indicates, building diversity in the sector, not just in terms of gender, is a relatively quick and reliable way to begin to address the talent shortage,” commented the Queensland Senator and Special Envoy for Barrier. of Nita Green coral.

“This year, the share of women in tech occupations increased by 1.86% to 31%, the highest level since the launch of the Digital Pulse report in 2014. It’s a start, but we need to do better .

Improving the diversity of the tech workforce could increase the number of full-time equivalent positions by nearly 14,000 per year on average over the next 20 years.

However, to realize the diversity dividend, companies will need to tackle discrimination in the workplace.

An analysis by Deloitte Access Economics found that people who have experienced discrimination are twice as likely to expect to leave their current workplace within the next two years as those who have not experienced discrimination.

Fifty-eight percent of IT professionals say they have experienced discrimination in their careers.

digital pulse looked further into the diversity of the sector and found only 0.66% of the workforce identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, five times less than the national population share of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (3.3%), while 45% of tech workers were foreign born.

In the report, the ACS recommends seven actions to address the skills shortage:

1. Develop and promote workplace policies to encourage diversity of tech talent

2. Provide school teachers with more resources to improve students’ digital literacy and raise awareness of tech career paths

3. Greater coordination between agencies to develop the skills of the technological workforce

4. Further encourage companies to deepen digital skills in other professions

5. Work to retain existing tech talent in Australia

6. Encourage employers to consider more diverse paths to the tech sector

7. Stimulate government and industry investment in the technology sector.

“This year digital pulse The report is the eighth we have released and everyone had a consistent message that we need to improve the nation’s digital skills pipeline,” said ACS President Dr. Nick Tate.

“If businesses and governments want Australia to be the global leader in this space, we have a lot of work to do.”

“As the federal government’s Jobs and Skills Summit approaches, digital pulse constitutes a strong argument for stimulating technological training at school, professional and higher levels.

“Individuals can earn, on average, $11,000 more each year in salary in technology occupations than in other professional occupations. If we can increase the diversity of the tech workforce, it could bring more than $20 billion to our economy over the next two decades,” commented John O’Mahony, co-author of the Digital Pulse series. and Partner of Deloitte Access Economics.

“This year’s Digital Pulse report outlines the opportunities the tech sector offers Australians. As we highlighted in our campaign platform, technology is critical to keeping the industry and economy growing,” concluded ACS CEO Chris Vein.

Michael A. Bynum