Dr Nicol's call to industry and government coincided with the release of the Hays Information Technology Salary Survey which showed an extremely buoyant IT job market.
The majority of employers reported salary increases of three to six percent.
Hays regional director, Peter Noblet, said 64 percent of survey respondents are now considering sponsoring candidates from overseas, this supports federal government figures showing a record number of 457 visas have been issued in 2007.
Noblet said this is a significant increase on 44 percent last year.
Salaries are particularly high in Queensland and Western Australia. For example, Brisbane infrastructure salaries increased by 8.2 percent and in Perth by 8.7 percent.
The biggest winners were network designers with salaries rising $20,000 while the typical salary for an analyst programmer rose from $67,000 to $80,000 in Brisbane and from $60,000 to $75,000 in Perth.
"From CIOs and program directors to entry level helpdesk staff, there is a demand for skills with a dearth of supply," Noblet said.