Australian ICT Workforce Education Profile

The Australian ICT workforce is generally better qualified than the rest of the workforce with 77% of employees having qualifications compared to 55% among the non-ICT workforce. More than 50 per cent of the Australian ICT workforce have higher educational qualifications.

Level of highest non-school qualification
Occupation group Postgrad Grad dip/cert Bachelor Adv dip/dip Cert III/IV Cert I/II None
ICT 9 5 38 12 9 4 23
Sys & infrastructure 10 5 42 13 6 2 22
Data networks 10 5 43 12 6 3 21
Telecommunications 3 3 16 12 28 7 31
Software engineering 12 5 47 11 4 2 18
Digital content del/pub 5 4 38 18 8 3 24
Client supp/edu/security 5 4 29 15 12 5 30
Systems analysis 11 6 44 11 6 3 20
Procurement/management 11 7 38 11 9 3 21
Quality assurance/testing 7 9 30 13 6 6 30
Database sys/info man 10 5 42 13 6 2 22
Non-ICT 3 3 16 9 18 6 46
All 4 3 16 9 18 6 45

To read more about these statistics, visit the Australian Public Service Commission.

One in six Australian workers are new starters

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in six Australian workers started with a new employer during the year to February 2010. As part of my daily job running and recruiting for my software development team, this made me look a little closer at the statistics as to why people leave their jobs:

  • 18% of employees (2 million) had been with their current employer for less than 12 months
  • Almost half of these (963,000) had changed their employer during the previous 12 months
  • The people that were most likely to change their employer were aged:
    • 25-34 years (55%)
    • 35-44 years (56%)
  • 51% of those who had experienced a change in work, had changed the number of hours they usually worked
  • 43% had changed employers to gain a promotion

After considering the statistics, I compared them with our employees and churn. Our current software team, excluding our new hires as part of our expansion, have all been with us for quite some time. This reassured me that we are definitely doing something right!

The things that I have found most appealing to our staff are:

  • We pay good base salaries – it allows people to feel comfortable in their role and avoids churn. Paying lower wages is a false economy – the cost of replacing an employee far outweighs the 10 or 15% that you saved on a salary
  • We have a professional development program – we allocate time to our staff to skill up in new areas and keep up to date with new technology
  • We have a strong emphasis on life work balance and keep overtime to a minimum – people have better things to do, such as keeping up with new technology, spending time with their families, and getting some much needed rest after a long week
  • We have flexible working hours
  • There are also a number of other benefits

Recruitment is both time consuming and costly. You can avoid having to recruit replacement employees by treating your employees well, and happy employees will refer their friends which also makes the recruitment process easier.

The rigid “beat with stick approach” does not work!

Mount SkyDrive in Windows Explorer

This is something that I find really useful from day to day when working on more than one computer, where none of the computers are linked.

I did not discover this feature, I came across it on a blog and thought that it would be worth sharing. It is one of those undocumented features that I thought would help others out, just like it has helped me.

Follow these instructions to map your SkyDrive in Windows Explorer:

  1. Open your browser, and navigate to http://skydrive.live.com/
  2. Sign in with your Windows Live ID
  3. Copy the UID part of the displayed URL. You can see this highlighted in red in the example – https://cid-1234567890abcdef.skydrive.live.com/
  4. Leave SkyDrive open and take note of one of your folder names – the one that we are going to map
  5. Open Windows Explorer/Computer
  6. In Window’s 7, click on Map network drive on the top menu bar. In other versions of Windows you may need to right-click on Network (in the left hand side bar) and select Map network drive. (The location of this may vary depending on the version of Windows that you are running)
  7. Enter the following URL: \\docs.live.net@SSL\1234567890abcdef\Xyz
  8. Replace “Xyz” with the folder name you noted and that you want to map
  9. Choose a drive letter, and submit the dialog.
  10. You will be prompted for your Windows Live ID, then sign in
  11. Now you should be able to access all the files and subfolders within your SkyDrive folder, including copying, pasting, and editing files directly!

Note: You may need to replace “Documents” with “^2Documents” and “Public” with “^2Public”, although I did not find this necessary. I was able to map “\\docs.live.net@SSL\1234567890abcdef\Documents” directly

Credit: This is a slightly modified version of the post found here: http://windowslive.com/Connect/Post/11b12fa3-34fc-41d8-acc6-d92d09d6a85a