Boom in ser­vices a boon for hopefuls

First-time job seek­ers to ben­e­fit from pre­dic­tions

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - El­iz­a­beth Col­man

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@

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