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Skills Tasmania

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Sector workforce & training profile

(updated October 2019)

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is an important contributor to the Tasmanian economy. It is also an enabler of business and service delivery; as well as a disruptor of traditional markets and sectors, capable of playing a transformative role across Tasmania’s ongoing economic and social development.

Future skills in ICT are forecast to be of significant importance to all economies and, in a knowledge driven economy, are key to maintaining national and international competitiveness. Technological disruption is changing all industry sectors and high-level ICT skills are needed by both traditional workers and industry specialist ICT workers.

The development of the ICT workforce in Tasmania will encompass workers in dedicated ICT businesses and those integrated into other priority industries. In order to better understand the role of the Tasmanian ICT sector as a driver of a constantly changing digital environment, the State Government has funded the completion of a Workforce Development Plan – to be delivered by the end of 2019.

Sector Overview

Over half of the ICT roles in Tasmania sit outside of what would be considered a ‘traditional’ ICT organisation. It is projected that much of the growth in ICT demand and opportunity within the Tasmanian labour market will be across other priority industry areas, including: aged services, primary production, advanced manufacturing disability services, energy and infrastructure.

Note: All the following information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified. All information will be updated with further Tasmania specific data as primary research results become available.

Sector Statistics for Information, media and communications

(note: all information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified)

Contribution to the economy (2017/18)[1]

3.9%

Number of jobs (2017/18)[2]

3,933

Median weekly earnings (in main job) [3] (Australia)

$1,304

Make up of sector by number of employees[4]

Non-employing

1-19

20-199

200+

74%

32.9%

3.9%

0.0%

[1] National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts. https://economy.id.com.au/tasmania/value-add-by-industry?Indkey=23010&IndkeyNieir=23900

[2] National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts. https://economy.id.com.au/tasmania/employment-by-industry?IndkeyNieir=23200&Indkey=23010

[3] Australian Bureau of Statistics: 6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment, Australia, Table 3.1, August 2018

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics: 8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2014 to June 2018

Job Roles

5-10 most common job roles in Information, media and telecommunications[5]:

  

Key information

Media Professionals

372

 

Managers

335

 

Call or Contact Centre Information Clerks

288

 

Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers

206

 

Sales Assistants and Salespersons

126

 

Growth job roles 2011-2016[6]:

Contract, Program and Project Administrators

+47

ICT and Telecommunications Technicians

+25

Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers

+23

Miscellaneous Clerical and Administrative Workers

+16

Sales, Marketing and Public Relations Professionals

+14

[5] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

[6] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.

Education and Training

Most common VET qualifications completed (2018)[7]:

Certificate I

Information, Digital Media and Technology

140

Certificate III

Information, Digital Media and Technology

105

Certificate II

Information, Digital Media and Technology

90

Certificate IV

Information Technology

20

Certificate IV

Computer Systems Technology

20

Certificate IV

Certificate IV

10

Diploma

Information Technology Networking

10

[7] NCVER 2018 https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/data/all-data/total-vet-students-and-courses-2018-data-slicer

About the Industry

Employers of Choice (as at 2019):

2009 City of Launceston

2011 Burnie City Council

2011 Cradle Coast Authority

2011 Peratco

2011 Meander Valley Council

2018 Central Coast Council

2019 Northern Midlands Council

Peak Industry Associations:

TasICT

Australian Computer Society

Useful Links

Labour Market Information Portal

ID Consulting

Tasmanian apprenticeships and traineeships

Endorsed Registered Training Organisations

Workforce Development Plans and Reports