It's clear that the shift to cloud computing will change IT jobs, but just what will the impact be? A report commissioned from research firm IDC by Microsoft takes a sunny view of the situation, predicting that cloud deployments will see 125,000 new jobs created in Australia by 2015.
In the release announcing the study, IDC chief research officer John Gantz was bullish about the potential for cloud:
A common misperception is cloud computing is a job eliminator, but in truth it will be a job creator — a major one. And job growth will occur across continents and throughout organisations of all sizes because emerging markets, small cities and small businesses have the same access to cloud benefits as large enterprises or developed nations.
He might well have a point, but that doesn't mean the benefits are distributed entirely equally. As you can see in the chart at the top (click for a full-size version), Australia falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to cloud computing gains: ahead of China but miles behind Argentina.