By Cerberus1Australia's jobs boom has extended to its 15th consecutive month growth, the longest unbroken period of growth recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
In seasonally adjusted terms, 35,000 new jobs were added in December, well ahead of the median economist forecast of 15,000.
In the past 12 months, around 400,000 new jobs have been added.
However, unemployment in December also ticked up a notch to 5.5 per cent as more people looked for work, pushing the participation rate up to a seven-year high of 65.7 per cent.
The growth was split between 15,100 full-time positions and 19,500 part-time jobs in December, although over the year 300,000 full-time jobs have been created compared to 100,000 extra part-time positions.
Job prospects for women were brighter over the year as well, with the number of women in work rising by 240,000 and the number of males in work up by only 160,000.
However, with part-time work growth outpacing full-time in December, average hours worked fell over the month, as did hours worked per employee.
Capital Economics analyst Paul Dales said, while there was some "softness" in the figures, the overall picture is bright, with the unemployment rate easing back from the 5.7 per cent recorded at the start of 2017.
"Looking ahead, other indicators suggest further progress will be made this year, albeit jobs growth will probably come off the boil a bit," Mr Dales said.
"The labour market will drive a modest rebound in real income growth this year, but more needs to be achieved before wage growth rises meaningfully."
By The Pom QueenThe McGowan government’s decision to tear up the list that fast-tracked overseas workers to Western Australia has made it tough for Margaret River’s wineries and restaurants to put meals on customers’ plates during their peak new year trade.
There are simply too few local chefs and trained kitchen staff to cope, says Amelia Park Tavern’s resident chef Gary Wilkins, who moved to Margaret River eight years ago for the relaxed lifestyle.
“We’re struggling to get help and there’s a limited number of good local chefs,” he says. It has taken the importation of seven temporary chefs, one flown in from Sydney, to keep operating Amelia Park’s kitchen.
“It costs management a lot more money to get people in,” Wilkins said. The labour cost — more than double the normal rate of about $25-$30 an hour — can reach nearly $100 an hour in some cases, when labour-hire company fees are included.
Shortly after taking office, Premier Mark McGowan made good on an election promise to slash occupations that could be filled by overseas workers. He said changed economic conditions required local jobs to be kept open for the more than 90,000 unemployed West Australians, but his government’s cuts to the eligible skills list — from 170 occupations to 18, none of them hospitality jobs — has left the sector shorthanded.
The government also withdrew Perth as a destination from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, which offers incentives to lure foreign visa holders to less populated areas.
Opposition tourism spokeswoman Libby Mettam said Perth’s hospitality industry was having difficulties recruiting staff as a result. “This is the first Christmas season for the hospitality and service industry where the impact of this shortsighted and ill-advised move is being felt,” she said.
The changes have hit just as a wave of new hotels, bars and restaurants is helping to diversify WA’s resource-dominated economy. And with direct flights due to start between Perth and London, and Asian tourism on the rise, good hospitality staff “is high on the list of needs”, she said.
“From a tourism perspective, there is no second chance in making an excellent first impression.”
By Cerberus1The Australian Bureau of Statistics have just released the latest statistics for Job vacancies (for the Nov 17 quarter).
NOVEMBER KEY POINTS
Total job vacancies in November 2017 were 210,800, an increase of 4.1% from August 2017.
The number of job vacancies in the private sector was 191,800 in November 2017, an increase of 4.6% from August 2017.
The number of job vacancies in the public sector was 19,000 in November 2017, a decrease of -0.7% from August 2017.
By Abhijeet kaurHi
I am thinking of moving to Australia. But cannot decide if Sydney would be a better option or Adelaide.
I am going to undertake a teaching degree to be able to teach secondary and primary school kids. I don't know where the job opportunities would be better out of the two cities in this area. Adelaide is cheap and not too hectic while Sydney is expensive and crowded. But my main concern is the job opportunities related to my area.
Please suggest where should I go.