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The World Needs Digital Workers: You're IT

From Australia to Canada, New Zealand, US and the whole of Europe, governments are creating or improving existing work and migration programs to get the dream team of digital workers to be ahead of the rest. Read which country you would fit in.

Crispin ArandaMarch 16, 2013

The World Needs Digital Workers: You're IT

The Digital World Needs Workers: You are IT -From Australia, to Canada, NZ and Europe

 700,000 information communications and technology jobs needed in Europe; Canada lists ICT workers as one of 25 shortage occupations needed by businesses; New Zealand offers 55 bonus points towards the 140 pass mark for an ICT worker with a job offer; Australia includes ICT specialists in its Schedule 1 and 2 occupations eligible for migration and the US is not far behind the recruiting frenzy to close the digital divide between nations.

From the EU Blue Card network: Europe faces up to 700.000 unfilled ICT jobs and declining competitiveness. The number of digital jobs is growing – by 3% each year during the crisis – but the number of new ICT graduates and other skilled ICT workers is shrinking.”

The European Commission issued a call January 2013 issuing a call to companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society to “unite in a massive effort to "turn the tide". by providing young Europeans with the tools to enter digital careers or to create jobs as entrepreneurs.”

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes was quoted as saying: "The digital skills gap is growing, like our unemployment queues. We need joint action between governments and companies to bridge that gap. The ICT sector is the new backbone of Europe's economy, and together we can prevent a lost generation and an uncompetitive Europe. So I am expecting concrete pledges by companies, everyone I meet will be getting the same request. The Commission will do its bit but we can't do it alone – companies, social partners and education players – including at national and regional level - have to stand with us."

To turn the “tide” the Commission will collect pledges from European companies for “new jobs, internships, training places, start-up funding, free online university courses and more. Companies such as Nokia, Telefónica, SAP, Cisco, HP, Alcatel-Lucent, Randstad, ENI, Telenor Group, ARM, as well as the CIO community, CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) and Digital Europe are in the first wave of those committing to act.”

 On 4-5 March the Commission will include pledges received from partners and build them into the launch of a Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs at a major pledging conference. The conference is open to all who want to actively support this common cause.

The EU Blue Card Report continues: One concrete area for action could be training vouchers. Successful German and Spanish voucher based training models provided jobs for 60-70% of the 20,000 participants and we should seek to replicate and scale up this idea on a European scale.

Other key elements of the Coalition will include mobility assistance. Such assistance is likely to range from English language learning support to facilitating mobility for unemployed persons and standardised certification of skills, via a transformed eCompetence Framework available in all 23 official languages of the EU.

In recognition of the job creation potential of web start-ups, the Commission is also launching Startup Europe, a single platform for tools and programmes supporting people wanting to set up and grow web start-ups in Europe.”


 The following occupations are included in New Zealand’s Long Term Skills Shortage List.  Out-of-country applicants who could get a job offer is virtually assured of being invited to apply for permanent residency, especially if the applicant has either a Bachelor’s degree from Philippine schools recognized by New Zealand Immigration Service as exempted from qualifications assessment.  Remember the Lord of the Rings?  Computer imaging and a lot of digital wizardry catapulted the trilogy to epic heights.

 The ICT occupations in demand in New Zealand are:

 Multimedia Designer (FilmAnimator) (232413) Minimum of three years specialist work experience in film animation in Maya, Soft Image/ XSI, 3D Studio; Max, Combustion, After Effects, Unix, Linux, C, C++, Perl, GUI, CGI

 ICT Project Manager (135112), Organisation and Methods Analyst (224712), ICT Business Analyst (261111), Systems Analyst (261112), Multimedia Analyst (261211), Web Developer (261212), Analyst Programmer (261311), Developer Programmer (261312), Software Engineer (261313), Software Tester (261314), Software andApplications Programmers nec (261399), Database Administrator (262111), ICT Security Specialist (262112), Systems Administrators, (262113), Computer Network and Systems Engineer (263111), Network Administrator (263112), Network Analyst (263113), ICT Quality Assurance Engineer (263211), ICT Support Engineer (263212), ICT Systems Test Engineer (263213), ICT Support and Test Engineers nec (263299), Telecommunications Engineer (263311), Telecommunications Network Engineer (263312), ICT Customer Support Officer

(Technical Advice and Consultancy (313112) Bachelor degree (Level 7) specialising in Information Technology (Computer Science, Information Systems or other Information Technology) OR Bachelor degree (Level 7) specialising in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology AND a minimum of three years’ relevant postqualification work experience.


 Applicants intending to take advantage of the fact that their occupations are on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List (both Schedule 1 and 2) must be assessed by the Australian Computing Society, have an IELTS score of 7.0 in each of the speaking, reading, writing and listening components then lodge the application thru the SkillSelect online if the applicant believes that he or she would meet the minimum 60 points passmark.

 The IT occupations with the corresponding code under the Australian New Zealand Classification of Occupations (ANZCO) are:

 ICT business Analyst 261111,  Systems Analyst 261112, Analyst Programmer 261311

Developer Programmer 261312, Software Engineer 261313 , Computer Network and Systems Engineer 263111 Chief Information Officer 135111, ICT Project Manager 135112

ICT Managers nec 135199


 Classified under Major Group 01-05 in Canada’s National Occupatins Classification (NOC) are Computer and information systems managers, main duties of which are shown below:

Computer and information systems managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of organizations that analyze, design, develop, implement, operate and administer computer and telecommunications software, networks and information systems. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.

 The titles for this unit subgroup (0213) Computer System Information Managers are:

 Communication systems design manager, computer and related services manager; computer applications manager; computer department co-ordinator; computer development division head; computer facility manager; computer manager; computer networks manager; computer programs manager; computer projects manager; computer software design manager; computer system operations manager; computer systems development manager; computer systems manager; computerized information systems manager; computerized technical information manager; data centre manager; data processing and systems analysis manager; data processing director; data processing manager; data processing planning manager; director of technology management; director, data processing; director, information systems development; director, information systems operations; director, software engineering;

EDP (electronic data processing) manager; electronic data processing (EDP) manager; information systems manager; information technology (IT) development manager; information technology (IT) integration manager; Internet systems administrator; IT (information technology) development manager; IT (information technology) integration manager; management information system (MIS) manager; manager, computer and related services; manager, computer application development; manager, computer applications; manager, computer facility; manager, computer legacy systems.

Managers in computer system operations;  computer systems; computer systems development; computerized information systems; data centre; data processing; data processing and systems analysis; data processing planning; EDP (electronic data processing);  electronic data processing (EDP); information systems; information technology (IT) implementation; information technology (IT) integration; IT (information technology) implementation; IT (information technology) integration;  management information system (MIS);  network design; software engineering;  systems – computer systems; systems development – computer systems; software development manager

systems development ; systems development manager – computer systems; systems implementation manager – computer systems; systems integration manager – computer systems; systems manager – computer systems; systems operations manager – computer systems

  UK Software Professionals - ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code – 21342.

The following jobs in visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games: software developer; systems engineers; shader writer. Salary - Software developer: £31,300; Systems engineer: £41,800; Shader Writer: £31,300

 USA – IT Jobs Bumped Employment Figures Up

 According to a January jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the US Department of Labor that monitors all things related to jobs and wages, the US economy added 155,000 net new workers.

Within the manufacturing sector, computer and electronic products makers added 4,500 workers in December, for a total of just under 1.1 million workers. Within this group, computer and peripheral equipment makers added 1,000 jobs, reaching a total of 164,500, and communications equipment makers added 400 net new employees, to 107,000 workers. Semiconductor and electronic component makers boosted their payrolls to 383,300, an increase of 1,300 people compared to November. Communication gear and chip makers have, however, have collectively chopped over 10,000 jobs in the past year, so these gains have a long way to go to fill in the gaps. (It may never happen if chip design and manufacturing is offshored.)

In the information sector, which includes all kinds of media, telecom, and broadcasting as well as data center hosting, employment among telecom companies fell by 1,700 to 830,800 workers, while data processing, hosting, and related services companies added 600 to a total of 242,200 employees.

 For a free assessment on which country would be offer the best, fastest residency option, log on to www.visacenter.org, complete the Personal Intake Sheet Online, or call the Immigrant Visa Center at 02-634-8717.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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