Statistics are not just for Math geeks. With the evolution of the labour market, statistics can indicate which industries will boom and which will falter in the near future. This is particularly helpful for young people who are just starting to map out a career. Even those who have found work in Australia over the years will benefit from statistical data as it gives them a clue as to which industry they can transfer to.
Annually, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace (DEEWR) releases its employment projection for the next five years. Included in this projection are job prospects according to industry, occupation and region. The latest report covers 2012 to 2017.
Due to the increase in the number of Australia's elderly, along with population growth and the increase in demand for health care, the Health Care and Social Assistance sector is expected to grow by 3.4% per annum, generating about 241,800 jobs over a five-year spread.
The projection for growth in the Retail Trade sector is expected to be dismal as the DEEWR expects only 0.8% growth per annum for this sector. Over the past few years, the retail sector has been affected by global recession and the decrease in spending by the public.
On the other hand, the prospects for the Construction sector remain positive as the Australian economy gains strength and as the population continues to boom. DEEWR expects about 131,200 jobs from the construction industry.
In contrast to the other sectors, the DEEWR expects the Manufacturing industry to suffer a decline. The department attributes this nosedive to the strong performance of the Australian dollar along with cheap overseas labour. The industry is expected to dip by 1.9% per annum.
The Accommodation and Food Services sector has performed dismally for the past years due to the strong performance of the Australian currency as well as low consumer confidence. The DEEWR report projects that the sector will only generate about 30,900 jobs in the next five years.
Similarly, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry has underperformed due in part to variations in the weather and in another part due to the strong showing of the Australian dollar. Only 5,500 jobs are expected from the sector until 2017.
Prospects for the Professional, Scientific and Technical sector is expected to post a 2.4% growth per annum; the mining sector is also expected to continue with its strong showing with the DEEWR projecting the sector to generate 103,700 jobs over the next five years.
Education and Training is seen to grow by 1.4% per annum while the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is expected to grow by 2.2% per annum as more and more people are becoming eco-conscious.
The Financial and Insurance Services and the Information Media and Telecommunication sectors are expected to perform dismally. The financial sector is expected to grow by only 0.8% while the information media and telecommunications sector is expected to grow by only 0.5%.
Of course, these predictions are not set in stone. With globalisation and rapid advancements in technology, divining the future about work in Australia is not that easy.
Whether you own a large company or are just starting up, your workforce is a crucial asset for your business. Hiring the right people is a crucial decision—a decision that can foretell whether your new venture will take flight or whether it will flounder. There are a variety of strategies businesses can use to find the right employee, from job postings in the newspaper and across the Internet through to seeking referrals and hiring staffing services firms.
Despite the decline in the sales of newspapers, a large number of applicants still turn to newspapers for job postings. Firstly, it does not require the applicant to be tech savvy. Secondly, national dailies still have a wider reach.
The use of job portals for job postings and applications has increased over the years partly because of the increase in accessibility to the World Wide Web. The younger generation is particularly fond of this medium as they can easily set parameters for their job search instead of simply scanning random job posts in a newspaper.
These tools may be particularly helpful for businesses that offer office jobs, but what if you own a farm which operates by cycles? On one hand, there may be times when a handful of people are enough to easily manage the tasks involved in running a farm. On the other hand, there will be particular periods when you might need an additional set of people to finish the tasks at hand, like harvesting.
In recent years, a new culture—a new way of thinking—has emerged among working populations. Instead of remaining chained to their cubicles working nine-to-five jobs, some employees and workers have discovered the possibility of encountering new people and places and gathering experiences that conventional jobs cannot give them. These are the people who view jobs not only as a source of income but also as an opportunity to see and experience what the world has to offer, and their numbers are slowly swelling in rank. But how do you tap this group of people as a valuable resource for your farm?
Australian Regional Employment Agency (AREA) offers a unique approach to staffing. Instead of using job boards, AREA sends registered users notifications about job postings which match their work experience and preferences. If you need extra hands for your farm, this means that you do not have to sift through a pile of job applications just to find the right applicant. And because job offers have a specified decline period, this means that you can fulfil your manpower requirement on time.
Aside from getting work history data and other pertinent personal information from the registered users, AREA also conducts a Visa work rights check. More importantly, AREA puts a high premium on the feedback provided by the employers with whom they match their workers. This means that those who have an outstanding history of performing their job well will get first priority in terms of job offerings.
With more than a decade's worth of experience in supervising and managing staff for regional work opportunities in various places in Australia, AREA provides an invaluable solution to farms and enterprises that require high quality manpower.
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