Less jobs on of­fer in North

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

JOBS are less plen­ti­ful than they have been in North­ern Aus­tralia but em­ploy­ers are still hav­ing trou­ble find­ing and keep­ing staff, a Gov­ern­ment sur­vey has found.

The re­port, based on a sur­vey of 2000 em­ploy­ers, found that labour mar­ket con­di­tions had de­te­ri­o­rated across North­ern Aus­tralia as the min­ing in­vest­ment boom winds down.

The un­em­ploy­ment rate for the re­gion stood at 6.7 per cent in May, up from 5.7 per cent a year be­fore, and above the na­tional av­er­age of 6 per cent. And in all lo­ca­tions ex­cept Dar­win there were more em­ploy­ers re­duc­ing staff num­bers than in­creas­ing them.

Fewer em­ploy­ers were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to re­cruit, but it was an is­sue for many.

The pro­por­tion of em­ploy­ers say­ing they were hav­ing trou­ble re­cruit­ing fell to 31 per cent, from 41 per cent in the pre­vi­ous an­nual sur­vey.

Trou­ble find­ing skilled work­ers was the main prob­lem for em­ploy­ers in Cairns, Townsville, Rock­hamp­ton and Mackay. But in other lo­ca­tions such as Western Aus­tralia’s Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley, and the out­back re­gions of Queens­land and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, en­tic­ing work­ers to re­mote lo­ca­tions was the main prob­lem.

The re­port was re­leased by the Depart­ment of Em­ploy­ment.

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