1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Dec 2005
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Skills shortages in Western Australia under the spotlight
Skilled employment has fuelled Western Australia's employment growth since 2002, accounting for 79% of the increase. But demand for skilled labour shows no sign of flattening with skilled vacancies recently hitting an all-time high.
With the growing concern over the state's skills shortage, the ABS released today a special analysis of the matter in the publication Western Australian Statistical Indicators.
Occupations in demand are tradespersons and related workers, professionals, labourers and related workers, intermediate production and transport workers and managers and administrators. Related industries showing the strongest signs of shortage in the state are construction, manufacturing, property and business services, mining and health and community services.
Indicators of skills shortage in the state show:
The next issue of Western Australian Statistical Indicators, in March, will identify major contributing factors to the skills shortage and investigate the impacts of skills shortages on the Western Australian economy. Western Australian Statistical Indicators (cat. no. 1367.5) also contains a range of other information on the state's economy.
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