Melbourne app developer Outware Mobile has announced it is on track to record 300 per cent growth this financial year and is set to expand its team from 27 to 50 full-time staff by the end of 2014 – a fact which the Victorian Government says points to wider jobs growth in the state.
“The growth in mobile app development is extraordinary,” Victorian Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips says, “and proactive Victorian companies are making the most of it. These jobs are being created in an industry that didn’t exist four years ago.”
Founded in 2009 by Macworld Australia contributor Danny Gorog, Eytan Lenko and Gideon Kowadlo, Outware has developed apps for many of Australia’s top brands, including the AFL, Foxtel, Sensis, Seek, nib and Telstra. The latter’s official AFL Live app went on to become the number one sports app in the country, with almost one million downloads.
“Outware is experiencing solid growth developing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows platforms,” Mr Rich-Phillips says. “It’s a confidence boost for Victoria’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry to know there are an additional 23 high-tech jobs on the way in the app development field.”
The roles will include software engineers, user interface designers, visual designers, testers and project managers.
Quoted in a Victorian Government press release, Gorog said Melbourne had provided the perfect base for the company to establish itself.
“There’s a thriving app development community here and we’ve also benefited from the support of the State Government which has championed mobile and technology innovation,.” he said. “Furthermore, Melbourne is home to many of the country’s most tech-savvy and progressive companies – a number of whom have become our clients, including SEEK and Sensis.”