Job ads on rise across re­gion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

THE num­ber of jobs ad­ver­tised in Townsville and the North Queens­land re­gion has bal­looned by 47.9 per cent in the past 12 months de­spite the un­em­ploy­ment rate re­main­ing about 10 per cent or higher.

Jobs ad­ver­tise­ments for the trades and ser­vices sec­tor have in­creased by 74 per cent since June last year, ac­cord­ing to seek. com. au fig­ures, with man­u­fac­tur­ing and trans­port lo­gis­tics up by 91 per cent.

How­ever, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Townsville job agency U2E Peo­ple Ra­bieh Krayem said there was still an is­sue of match­ing skill sets to roles.

“We’re com­ing off a very low base but there’s no doubt that there are jobs out there,” Mr Krayem said.

“But there are some peo­ple who don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the skill set or some peo­ple don’t want to work for those sorts of hourly wages.”

Mr Krayem said there was a group of peo­ple who “no doubt” were “quite com­fort­able” liv­ing off ben­e­fits.

“There are gen­uinely peo­ple out there who are seek­ing work and haven’t been able to ad­dress it,” he said.

“Em­ploy­ers don’t nec­es­sar­ily go through ( re­sumés), it re­ally de­pends on how quickly you ap­ply for them.

“Peo­ple need to look at the jobs ad­ver­tised and care­fully JOBS COUNTER Jobs ad­ver­tised in Townsville yes­ter­day read the ap­pli­ca­tion and en­sure that they are ad­dress­ing very clearly of what’s be­ing re­quired. A con­sul­tant will only look at a re­sumé for no more than six sec­onds, so don’t give a 30- page re­sumé.”

Site op­er­a­tions man­ager of em­ploy­ment ser­vices com­pany NQ Em­ploy­ment Les­ley Ras­mussen said “it was hard out there” for job­seek­ers.

“Work­ing one- on- one ( with job­seek­ers) to be­com­ing job ready is hard enough with the ap­pli­ca­tions and the re­jec­tions is a bar­rier within it­self,” Ms Ras­mussen said.

“Ap­ply­ing on­line, you find the ma­jor­ity ( of po­si­tions) have been filled or the job hasn’t been taken down.”

The Bul­letin yes­ter­day re­vealed the hard­ships Townsville job­seek­ers were fac­ing dur­ing what has been a tough 12 months in the jobs mar­ket.

Mayor Jenny Hill said she did not be­lieve any­one stayed com­fort­able while ac­cess­ing the dole.

“What we need is to ac­tu­ally start bring­ing jobs to the city,” she said. “That’s where our fo­cus is – eco­nomic ac­ti­va­tion – to try and do what­ever we can to smooth the way for in­vest­ment to come.”

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