Sunshine Coast desperate for IT experts
THE Sunshine Coast is in the midst of an information and communications technology boom and companies are struggling to fill positions as they become available.
Peregian Beach-based Atmail is a globally renowned company that has been "desperately" seeking workers to fill contract vacancies.
Atmail CEO Zach Johnson said they had web developer and system administration roles available with an immediate start and that was just the tip of the iceberg, with an additional 10 roles to fill this financial year.
They have already taken on six new employees, only two of whom were from the Sunshine Coast.
Last year, Atmail recruited from France, Germany, China and South Korea and recently attracted new employees from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
"It is a good problem for us to have as we have doubled the size of our staff in the last year and grown our revenue by 40%," Mr Johnson said.
"We have some great talent here on the Sunshine Coast, we just can't get it fast enough to fuel our growth and we are not the only company on the Coast looking for these talents."
Mr Johnson said he was in talks with Coast high schools and higher education facilities to see if they could harness the skills of students and graduates and encourage young people to stay and work on the Coast.
"This is a unique place that targets holidaymakers, retirees and young families, but we want to create awareness that there are opportunities for people out there," he said.
Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast CEO Mark Paddenburg said there was a national trend towards an "immediate shortage" of local IT skilled staff.
"This is more acute for the Sunshine Coast as it has seen a plethora of new tech start
ups and also the existing IT companies are growing rapidly, all putting huge pressure on supply," he said.
In the past 12 months, the Innovation Centre's clients have placed around 23 students from the University School of Business directly into their operations and Mr Paddenburg said the demand was increasing.
There are 138 students studying USC's Bachelor of ICT.
Atmail is looking to fill these contract positions right now:
There is a two-month contract for a web developer to refresh the Atmail website and launch with new branding. This will be mostly back-end web design with PHP.
- A system administration role is available on a six-month contract to work on internal business systems.The role will mean running the Atmail application in the cloud and will need skills in LAMP and PHP. Both roles start immediately and have potential to become full-time positions.