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Melbourne firm adding IT jobs, 100 at a time

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Lia Timson

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Counting every job: Victoria Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips.

Counting every job: Victoria Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips. Photo: Leanne Pickett

As more organisations undergo business and technology transformation to cope with renewed economic pressures, one Melbourne company is reaping the rewards.

DB Results, a consulting firm whose work its chief executive Andrew Dean says is 90 per cent dependent on new technology implementations, has doubled in size two years ahead of schedule.

In August 2011, it told the Victorian government it would create 100 new local jobs by 2015, but having done so by now, on Thursday it committed to a further 100, with 80 or more of those in a technical capacity. The 220-staff outfit has an annual turnover of $40 million derived from large clients in the utilities, telecommunications, banking and insurance sectors including Telstra, Sydney Water and Origin Energy. It has smaller offices in Sydney and Hong Kong.

"Fundamentally we provide big transformation services. We typically follow a company like [consultancy firm] McKinsey, who's done the strategy, and we plot out a complete transformation program and business and IT process change," Mr Dean said.

The company has always been able to source talent locally, he said, going overseas for staff only on "odd occasions". It favours candidates within "two degrees of separation": those recommended by current employees or associates, or by someone they know. It also takes in eight to 10 graduates into its graduate program every year.

Mr Dean said workers – from project managers to analysts – need to be technically competent and also business aware, reflecting a hybrid skills trend IT recruiters say is here to stay.

"We require business skills and IT skills, no doubt," Mr Dean said.

The growth plans are music to Victoria Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips' ears. Mr Rich-Phillips has been on a steady drive to create new IT jobs in the state, hoping to cement Victoria as a place for technology companies to do business with the government and with others.  

"To see a homegrown Victorian ICT firm go from $0 to $40 million in turnover in just under a decade is exhilarating and speaks highly of Victoria's outstanding capabilities in ICT," he said.

Mr Rich-Phillips has committed to creating 1000 jobs in ICT this financial year. In October he tallied another 120 new jobs at Melbourne-born IT consulting firm nSynergy Group. 

If achieved, the goal will go some way to counter-balance the job losses experienced by the ICT sector recently, including up to 1500 jobs at IBM and hundreds more from banks and technology companies, such as Hewlett Packard and Alcatel-Lucent, lost to cost-cutting and or offshoring programs.

6 comments

  • As a Victorian, I am constantly amazed that after 3 years of the current Liberal/National Government, I am hearing the names of Ministers who I have never once heard from before. What on earth has Mr Gordon Rich-Philips being doing for the last three years?

    I am delighted to read about the hard working and creative IT companies in our state who are creating new jobs,, but from what I can see, their success has nothing much to do with a Government whose hallmark is to do basically nothing.

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    Harvey
    Date and time
    November 01, 2013, 3:12PM
    • It is great to finally see an article about IT jobs in Melbourne. Although 100 jobs is nothing when you look at the amount of jobs we send off shore to multi national sweat shops. The government in this country really surprises me. So many simple things could be put in place to protect our industry. Easier to put your head in the sand I guess. Great we are paying a peanut government employee to investigate what we already know. Bit like the transport in this country. We have had issues for years. Yet peanuts are counting passengers

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      Grizza
      Date and time
      November 04, 2013, 1:59PM
      • Could not agree with you more Harvey. Do these politicians live in another world. Have not heard of Mr Gordon Rich Philips. If the name is anything to go buy he has probably sold our IT industry to Capgemini and infosys

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        Grizza
        Date and time
        November 04, 2013, 2:04PM
        • Just have a look at the guy. Mr incompetence. Perhaps we should outsource your role. How can you perform your job anyway? Should you not be based in Asia or India

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          Save
          Date and time
          November 04, 2013, 2:08PM
          • I wonder how many of the jobs are filled with 457's vs Australians residents or citizens ?

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            Fred
            Date and time
            November 05, 2013, 7:08AM
            • How many thousands of jobs have been sent overseas this last year by the banks and finance companies? By Telstra? And the year before that and the year before that? And the year before that? And the coming year? And what about the 457s? Isn't it coalition policy to let 'em rip?

              100 jobs, 200 jobs. Big deal. /sarc

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              Chris
              Date and time
              November 05, 2013, 8:11AM
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