[LINK] The case of the phantom jobs
Wed, 04 Sep 2002 09:15:18 +1000
The case of the phantom jobs
Caitlin Fitzsimmons, Analysis
SEPTEMBER 03, 2002
AUSTRALIA'S IT professionals are hurting, and recent announcements from
Indian technology giant Infosys and the Victorian government won't help
The hi-tech jobs crisis is acute. Unemployment in the sector trebled from
August 1998 to August 2001 and the pool of unemployed computer
professionals has ballooned to more than 8000. The Victorian Government has
welcomed the decision of Infosys to locate a software development centre in
Melbourne, saying it would create "100 new jobs" for software engineers.
Unfortunately, it won't. At least 60 of the 100 staff will come from India.
For too long, the Federal Government has swallowed industry propaganda
about an IT skills shortage of between 30,000 and 50,000 people. It is
questionable that the skills shortage ever existed, and even its proponents
now acknowledge the figure was always "grossly inflated".
Yet the Government took the bait and the Australian Computer Society - the
body meant to represent the interests of IT professionals - did not
If work were good for you, the rich would leave none for the poor.
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