Skills shortage programs vital
MORE investment in programs to overcome skills shortages is needed, despite an increase in Federal Government financial support, a national recruiter says.
Randstad chief executive Fred van der Tang says the Government needs to continue exploring all potential avenues to meet labour demand in addition to the new programs outlined in this year’s Federal Budget.
‘‘We’re already facing an acute skills shortage in particular sectors, with employers finding it increasingly difficult to find workers with the right skills to support future growth,’’ he says.
‘‘As more jobs are created and more Australians find their way into the workforce, the talent war will intensify, meaning efforts to increase labour stocks will need to be bolstered considerably.’’
He says the programs to date have only been partial steps to addressing the short-term skills shortage faced by the resources sector.
‘‘If unemployment continues to fall as projected, sectors such as construction, infrastructure, renewable energy and resources will bear the brunt of the tightening market and the flow-on effects to other industries could be equally damaging,’’ he says.