Skills short­age pro­grams vi­tal

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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.

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