Boom in services a boon for hopefuls
First-time job seekers to benefit from predictions
JOBS in professional services, science and technology, education and health care will soar by up to 40 per cent in Sydney’s west over the next four years, giving firsttime jobseekers a chance to join the city’s booming “service economy”.
Coinciding with our 5000 jobs in 50 days campaign encouraging employers to give young workers a start, an analysis of jobs data reveals the Sydney regions with the most jobs – and their biggest industries – now and in 2020.
The analysis, by NewsLocal based on Department of Employment figures, reveals Sydney faces declines in manufacturing and jobs associated with mining and agriculture and a boom in services. Professional services – from law to architecture and financial services – and science and technology roles will grow 42 per cent in Blacktown from 12,274 jobs in 2015 to 17,362 in 2020, ac- cording to the department’s figures. Education and training roles will rise by 33 per cent to 12,296 jobs in Blacktown.
Parramatta can expect a 23 per cent rise in jobs in health care and social assistance, with one-fifth of new jobs devoted to public administration and safety.
In the eastern suburbs, where the workforce will swell 15 per cent in the next four years, professional services will make up one-third of the new positions, and health care and social assistance will comprise one-fifth.
There will also be a spike in health care jobs across the northern beaches and the Central Coast, which will also be a hot spot for construction jobs.
Jobs in North Sydney and Hornsby will grow 15 per cent – 35,191 more positions by 2020 – with professional services, science and technology the biggest growth industry at 28 per cent more jobs, and rental, hiring and real estate services, which will rise by 27.7 per cent.
In the city and inner south more than one-fifth of new jobs will be in arts and recreation services. But competition for positions is likely to be fierce in the coming years, as populations soar.
In Blacktown there will be a shortfall of more than 18,000 between the population by 2020 and jobs created, according to projections.
The inner southwest, North Sydney and Hornsby and Parramatta have the biggest workforces, according the department’s figures. That is likely to continue during the next four years, with the eastern suburbs, Blacktown and the inner west also growing fast. Join in at 5000jobs@ news.com.au