Less jobs on offer in North
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.