Western Australia needs 18,000 extra workers every year

Unprecedented economic development in Western Australia means that approximately 17,800 additional experienced workers will be desperately needed every year for the next ten years, according to a report introduced today by education and training minister Mark McGowan. A few of these knowledgeable workers need to come from Australia migration.

The Beyond the Resources Boom research study was commissioned by the State Training Board (STB), and examines Western Australia’s financial growth and the difficulties dealt with by the state’s workforce.

Ability scarcities are set to stay a feature of the labour market, the report concludes, due to the strength of the economy and the ageing labor force. STB chairman Keith Spence said the demand would be fulfilled through a mix of basic population growth, skilled migration from interstate and overseas, and the development of local training initiatives.

Amongst the leading performing professions, in regards to forecasted yearly average work development in between 2006 and 2016, are intermediate mining and construction workers, plumbing technicians, structural construction tradespersons, and mining, construction and related labourers. Demand for jobs in the mining and construction sectors is extremely high and a recession is thought about unlikely.

Much of these occupations are on the Australia Competent Profession List and the Australia MODL (Migration Occupations in Need List), which entitles people requesting Australian migration to extra points.

Economic projections modelled by the report show there is not likely to be a boom-bust circumstance in the brief to medium term. This reflects the resource-driven construction boom, which is underpinned by strong development in demand from China and record product prices, especially for the state’s main export, iron ore.

Experienced professions currently comprise nearly 60 per cent of the workforce and the report forecasts that overall need for higher abilities in Western Australia is most likely to remain consistent as a proportion of the economy. Other knowledgeable professions in need consist of managers, administrators, professionals, associate experts, tradespersons and associated clerical, sales, transport and production workers.

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