Mobility of talent across Asia-Pacific could possibly ease the skilled shortage within the IT industry, according to recruiting firm, Hays Information Technology.
However, it said that while employers might be gradually incorporating this solution, it is far from being universally accepted.
The company stated that seeking people with the right skills still pose a challenge for employers across Asia-Pacific, regardless of the current global economic conditions.
Hays Information Technology Asia-Pacific regional director, Peter Noblet, said organisations are now deliberating on strategies that bridge the skills gap across development, infrastructure and business.
He stated that a strategy the company has adopted is the use of global mobility to move talent from city to city and from country to country.
“By taking a strategic approach, organisations are able to attract and recruit from a much wider geography. It’s effective as a means of overcoming local skills shortages as it gives employers an edge in an increasingly competitive skills market and significantly increases the talent pipeline,” he said.
In comparison, statistics from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship showed that the number of subclass 457 primary visas granted from July to December last year was 50.7 per cent higher than the same period in 2010.
The number of applications granted for Information Media and Telecommunications increased by 37.1 per cent during that period.
Noblet stated that more businesses within the IT industry are becoming receptive to sourcing talent from overseas to address skilling needs, especially those who have never previously considered sponsoring talent from abroad.
However, he mentioned that a number of other organisations are still resisting global mobility.
“While it is widely recognised that migration is vital to ensuring economic growth and overcoming skills shortages, it is also a topic that generates heated discussion. The irony is that recruiting from overseas can be a simple process, and it is one that, properly done, yields very good results,” Noblet added.