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The rising economic tide will improve employment
opportunities for all jobseekers
When the latest national employment figures were compiled, it turned
out that 18,000 full-time and 54,000 part-time jobs were created
between January and February, the biggest jump in employment in 13 years.
While Australian employers didn't engage in mass layoffs after the
Global Financial Crisis (GFC) hit, many instituted hiring freezes or
at least became cautious about putting new staff on. But with the
world economy improving and Australia's continuing to power along,
2013 is shaping up to be a great year for those looking for a job.
Where's the work?
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to move to a remote mining
location to snare a job. In fact, most of them are currently being
created in NSW and Victoria. There's still plenty of call for mining
workers, but there's also strong demand from a lot of other
industries, including some unexpected ones.
Despite the disruption the media industry is experiencing, trend
employment is up 9.2 per cent in the information media and
telecommunications industry. And while it hasn't attracted much
attention, the arts and recreation services industry is also one of
the most vibrant in the country, experiencing trend employment growth
of 4.8 per cent.
The building and construction industry has been in the doldrums for
several years, but it's now predicted to generate a huge amount of
jobs – 131,200 over the next five years according to a report released
by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
In fact, given the limited amount of apprentices that have been taken
on during the tough times, the Australian Construction Industry Forum
recently warned of a serious skills shortage once the housing recovery
gathers momentum. While that's a headache for the industry as a whole,
it should translate into rapidly rising wages and plentiful employment
opportunities for Aussie tradies.
While the rising economic tide will improve employment opportunities
for all jobseekers, it remains the case that skilled workers will be
in a better bargaining position than unskilled ones. If you want to
maximise your opportunities, now is a great time to get a
qualification or build on an existing one by doing a TAFE