Employment projections indicate that over 90% of new jobs over the next five years will require post-school education.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business projects that total employment will increase by 886,100 (7.1%) over the five years to May 2023. A long-term structural shift towards professional and service jobs indicates there will be strong demand for applicants with either tertiary or vocational education and training qualifications.
The broad occupation groups projected to have the largest employment increases over this period are:
- Professionals – increasing by 325,800 (10.9%)
- Community and Personal Service Workers – increasing by 230,300 (17.5%)
Projected employment growth is strongest for occupations requiring a bachelor degree or higher, increasing by 400,600 or 10%. This is a 45.2% share of the projected employment growth.
Skill level 4 occupations (Certificate II, III or equivalent) are projected to increase by 256,900 or 7.9%. This accounts for 29% of projected employment growth.
Four of the six occupations projected to have the largest increase in employment are Skill level 4 occupations:
- Aged and Disabled Carers, up 69,200 (39.3%)
- Child Carers, up 27,600 (17.6%)
- Waiters, up 21,800 (15.8%)
- Education Aides, up 18,800 (20.9%).
Leanne Ball from Harwood Marine discusses local opportunities with attendees at the Grafton Jobs Expo
One of the big local employers is shipbuilding company, Harwood Marine. Managing Director, Ross Roberts, attended the expo and said it has already yielded positive results for his business.
‘The day after the expo we had three new employees who have already undertaken workplace inductions,’ Ross said.
‘All up, we have secured four willing workers who are proving to be very productive staff.
‘The expo was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase what we do and to look for potential employees.’