Even among those neurodivergent workers who do secure a job, underemployment has proven particularly challenging given that the skills are out there – but other issues are preventing them from being made available to tech employers. They just can’t get into tech.”Since 2017, Xceptional has been placing neurodivergent workers into software testing and other tech roles requiring skills such as pattern matching and attention to detail. “Candidates are telling us that they prefer this way of interviewing, and that it helps employers understand how their mind works,” Mercer said. The availability of a standardised method for evaluating neurodiverse candidates’ skills made a partnership appealing for both firms, said Testgrid chief operating officer Will Ainsley. “I have been shocked by the level of unemployment and underemployment amongst neurodiverse people, even in the current tight labour market,” Ainsley said.
There is still a backlog of around 740,000 visas to be processed despite the government treating it as a high priority, Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said on Wednesday. “These are the real human consequences of a decade of neglect.”The government is preparing an overhaul of the migration system following a review to be handed down next year. Its aim is to make access to skilled migrants more efficient, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said earlier this month. The government prioritised 60,000 skilled visas in July but has since ripped IT roles – including cyber security and programming – from the list of occupations used to decide who gets fast-tracked into the country. This is a particularly worrying sign for the cyber security industry which has faced a reckoning in recent months with the severe Optus and Medibank data breaches.2 months ago Information Age | ACS
Hosted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Scams Awareness Network, Scam Awareness Week will run across this week with an aim of empowering Australians to recognise and prevent online scams. Cyber criminals have capitalised on the data breaches by impersonating government departments and businesses to carry out identity theft and remote access scams. This year the most common tricks online were investment scams, with $292.9 million lost by Australians to these cons this year. Dating and romance scams netted $29 million, while remote access scams raked in $18.7 million. These scams included phishing attacks, false billing and online shopping scams, and were most commonly conducted through phone, SMS or email.2 months ago Information Age | ACS
Australia could avoid this price riseWe are told in the budget to prepare for major energy price increases. It’s beyond our control that much of the world is suffering high energy costs. Merv Barnett, Carnegie Housing switchPrime Minister Anthony Albanese did not grow up in “social housing” (The Age, 26/10), he grew up in public housing. “Social housing” is a recent euphemism introduced by governments to refer to both public housing and community housing to hide the fact that more and more government money is directed away from public housing to community housing. The public funding of non-government schools is standard practice throughout the OECD, but not via Australia’s weird system that takes no account of school fees.3 months ago The Age
Ireland’s Paul Stirling (C) shakes hands with West Indies’ Odean Smith after their ICC Twenty20 World Cup Round 1 match at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Friday. Opener Paul Stirling, at his seventh World Cup, ended on an unbeaten 66 while Andy Balbirnie made 37. It’s definitely hurting,’ said West Indies skipper Nicholas PooranAfter the West Indies won the toss and batted, the Irish bowlers sent down nine dot balls among their first 15. Brandon King crunched four boundaries to steer the West Indies to 67-2 at halfway. In reply, Ireland got off to a cracking start with Stirling and Balbirnie blazing 54 off the first five overs.3 months ago New Age
Students protested at universities across Iran on Tuesday, despite a bloody crackdown and as tensions mounted on the eve of planned ceremonies marking 40 days since Mahsa Amini’s death. Young women and schoolgirls have been at the forefront of protests sparked by Amini’s death last month, after her arrest for an alleged breach of the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women. Wednesday is 40 days since Amini’s death and the end of the traditional mourning period in Iran. ‘Students of the Sadr high school in Tehran have been attacked, strip-searched, and beaten up,’ said the 1500tasvir social media channel. At least one student, 16 year-old Sana Soleimani, had been hospitalised, said 1500tasvir, which chronicles rights violations by the Iranian security forces.3 months ago New Age
The government has initiated a project worth almost Tk 2,000 crore to install lightning arresters and shelter facilities in a move experts say will be nothing but a misuse of public money. They said that such a project would hardly help reduce the number of fatalities and property losses from lightning strikes. ‘I have set dozens of arresters that cost Tk 3,000 to Tk 5,000 each. The Department of Disaster Management spent Tk 19.5 crore for the purpose, saying that each arrester costs between Tk 2.5 and Tk 6 lakh, with only a one-year warranty. Officials said that the Department of Disaster Management spent at least Tk 40 crore on planting the local trees, but a significant portion of them died.3 months ago New Age
Bangladesh government is going to procure 1 lakh tonnes of non-basmati rice to bolster the supply chain of the country’s main staple food against the backdrop of high inflation. The rice procurement is a part of the government initiative to collect 30 lakh tonnes of rice for the current financial year ending in July this year. According to the ministry officials, they have already struck deals on the government-to-government basis to import 7.3 lakh tonnes of rice. Bangladesh’s rice import stood at 9.87 lakh tonnes in FY22. Against the backdrop of unusual hike in rice prices, the government slashed the rice import duty but prices continued to rise.1 month ago New Age