01 Feb 2023’s top ICT skills in demand Facing the challenges head-on with Lumify
Gary Duffield, Head of Vendor Partnerships at Lumify, shares the top ICT skills on demand in Australia, along with a list of critical soft skills to develop in 2023.
Last October, the National Skills Commission released the 2022 Skills Priority List (SPL). This list identifies occupations in Australia that are in shortage today, shedding light on future demand.
The 2022 SPL indicates shortages in 286 occupations (a jump from 153 in 2021). And in its top 20, Software and Applications Programmers rank second. With ICT Business and Systems Analysts and Contract, Program and Project Administrators at 8 and 13, respectively.
Here, we dive into the details of the top technology roles based on the SPL and insights from customers.
More traditional project management disciplines such as PRINCE2 remain consistently strong, with most people who undertake training achieving Practitioner levels of knowledge. Agile methodologies are snapping on the heels of waterfall project management methodologies. Deciding which training path to pursue is key. The Institute of Project Management notes that project managers are responsible for directing the consumption of financial, material, time and human resources towards change and transformation initiatives.
Service Desk Analyst
As organisations have embraced cloud technologies and, in some cases, depreciated on premise technology, service management is more important than ever. ITIL Foundation remains the most popular course in every Lumify location.
Cyber Security training is the fastest growing portfolio in Lumify. We’ve seen demand in end-user awareness at one end of the risk spectrum, through to the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification that has a high barrier to entry. It is evident that the market is tuned in to the risk of not acquiring cyber skills.
BA has aways been a strong performer for Lumify. We anticipate, on the back of a course update, AgileBA to be in demand this year. This could be driven by the need to maintain control over resources in this uncertain market. A Business Analyst’s responsibilities include analysing and monitoring data and then using it to make informed decisions regarding business processes and where an organisation can improve.
It’s been 5 years since we saw the pivot from mostly training for on premise technologies to acquiring skills for cloud-based technology. A key change here has been the rise of demand in the SMB space, as smaller organisations see the value. There is also a focus on cloud expertise in the top 4 cloud vendors: AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud Platform and VMware.