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Australian Jobs 2019

Australian Jobs 2019

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Australian Jobs, produced annually by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, is one of the country’s foremost publications about the Australian labour market.

Labour market analyst Ivan Neville said Australian Jobs 2019 provides an easy-to-read overview of the Australian labour market and is an important resource for students, career advisers and those looking for work.

“This publication provides a single source of information on industries, occupations and local labour markets, and provides guidance about the skills employers need, educational pathways and strategies to find a job,” Ivan said.

“It also provides invaluable commentary on trends. For example, we know that the services sector is becoming increasingly important to the Australian economy — today more than three in every four Australian workers are employed in a service industry.”

With a growing and ageing population, and the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, much of the growth in employment is being driven by the services sector.

This is expected to continue, with the health care and social assistance industry projected to add the largest number of new jobs over the five years to May 2023 — an increase of 250,3000.

Around 50 per cent of Australian workers are now employed in one of just five industries — health care and social assistance (1,685,100 jobs), retail (1,272,300), construction (1,166,900), professional, scientific and technical services (1,082,100), and education and training (1,035,400).

“While young workers are represented across all industries, the largest numbers are employed in retail trade, accommodation and food services, and construction,” Ivan said.

“Interestingly, the majority of employment growth over the past five years has been in occupations that generally require post-school qualifications.

“This is a long-term trend that is expected to continue, with the vast majority of jobs growth over the next five years projected to be in higher skilled occupations.”

The number of people undertaking tertiary training has also increased — in 2018, 61.4 per cent of Australians aged 15 to 64 years held post-school qualifications, which is up from 53.9 per cent in 2008.

Ivan noted that the jobs market is highly competitive and employers are not just looking for people with technical skills but for people who have the ‘whole package’.

“In addition to education and experience, employers increasingly value staff who have employability skills — which includes personal and people skills, a good work ethic and the ability to work in a team.”

Released in May, Australian Jobs 2019 is a comprehensive guide to the Australian labour market. The report is widely distributed, including to secondary schools, jobactive providers, Centrelink offices, industry associations and tertiary institutions, and is also available online.

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