The skills squeeze and team augmentation

After a panic-firing season during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market in Australia for software developers is searching for a new normal in a world where remote working is more widespread than ever.

Dane Eldridge, chief executive of Sydney-based custom web and software development company, 4mation says that while there is still a tech skill squeeze in Australia the pandemic has produced a dynamic environment where the sudden and large scale unemployment from the national lock-down period has created hiring opportunities.

“My observation of the early COVID-19 period was that a lot of companies cut contractors left, right and centre and cut some permanent staff as well,” says Mr Eldridge.

“There was panic early on which meant there were a lot of candidates in the market for a little while. But there is still a significant skills shortage and we’re starting to see companies pick up and

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