By W. David Gardner
TechWeb Technology News
September 21, 2006
Go West, young man, go West, Horace Greeley once said. Better yet, go
to Australia today, young man or young woman, if you are a software
developer. The lure is even higher if you are proficient in CISSP,
C++/C/C, Java, J2EE, Network security, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP or
Seibel software applications.
The Australian Government on Thursday added those job categories to
its Migration Occupations in Demand List . Applicants with expertise
in those categories are fast-tracked and given bonus rewards,
according to the Australian Visa Bureau (AVB).
Oonagh Baerveldt, AVB spokeswoman, indicated there is a shift away
from offshore outsourcing to having development work done in
"Australian IT is moving away from parachuting contractors in " the
industry is moving towards having agency offices in the cities where
work is being done," Baerveldt said in a statement. "It's not okay for
a lot of coding to be done overseas anymore."
Demand for software developers is increasing due to new large
government projects, particularly in Canberra and Adelaide.
"Network security is an increasing issue in Australia," added
Baerveldt. "Coupled with the fact that C# and Java programmers are in
such high demand, there's never been a better time to go to Australia
if you're in IT."
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