Demand & Impacts on Tech & Digital Skills Report Published

15 September 2021


  • Highest growth and demand for tech & digital skills are in design & development
  • Most used tech/digital skill is programming/software development 
  • Highest demand roles are software developers, systems software
  • Topline tech/digital role is business analyst

Have you wondered what your career options or future workforce will look like post-COVID?

Last week the ACS released its latest report, ACS Demand and Impacts on Tech & Digital Skills - An ACS Technical White Paper.

ACS’ Demand & Impacts on Tech & Digital Skills White Paper 2021 offers current state analysis of the directions being taken with tech and digital skills in Australia. It is a fresh focus on the contemporary Australian technology and digital skills picture underpinned by data from ACS’ Tech & Digital Skills’ Survey 2020.

The strong, ongoing demand for ICT/technology workers and skills is consistent with the role that digital technologies play in driving Australia’s economic health. Adaptations in response to COVID-19 have resulted in retailers embracing ecommerce; schools’ and higher education providers’ transition to online learning; and the comprehensive acceptance of remote working. The result of these changes is that Australian workers are almost twice as likely to work from home in February 2021, compared with March 2020.

ACS’ Demand & Impacts on Tech & Digital Skills White Paper provides a stocktake and profile of 90 tech and digital job roles, and their top five skills. The White Paper also explores the potential impacts on technology roles and careers from the increasing automation and augmentation being introduced by organisations and governments.

The analysis is aligned to SFIA (the Skills Framework for the Information Age), ensuring the robustness of this international tech and digital skills framework is applied to ACS’ data and skills commentary.

So what does this mean to you?  For individuals, ACS members can use the MySFIA platform to undertake a skills self assessment to see where they are now relative to 90 newly profiled tech & digital job roles and decide on a learning & development plan for the next stage of your career.

For employers, the ACS can assist you through its Workforce Development Team.  ACS Workforce Development and SFIA solutions are designed to support organisations with a holistic approach to the development of ICT and Digital professionals.  Our methodology includes workforce development and planning product solutions through the provision of Skills Profiling aligned to SFIA and establishing an ICT/Digital workforce skills baseline and ongoing professional development

Contact Canberra Branch Manager Dr Vicki Gardiner for more information.

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