While IT professionals have been losing thousands of jobs in the industry because of the global recession, applications for IT jobs in Australia have increased by 20 per cent, reports The Australian.
Despite the growing unemployment numbers, huge numbers of people are emigrating to Australia while Senator Chris Evans keeps the migration quota at this year’s levels of 133,500 skilled visas.
Peter McDonald, a leading demographer, has encouraged the Immigration Minister to keep its levels despite the rising unemployment problem, because skilled workers would be essential in supporting the economic growth that will be due after the recession has passed.
He also said as the ageing baby boomer population begin to retire, the only way to avoid a skills shortage is using a targeted and open immigration programme. […]