Why you need to retrain NOW: The most resilient jobs in Australia are revealed as experts warn workers in certain sectors will need to find a new career – so is yours on the list?
- New report has outlined most resilient jobs in Australia after COVID pandemic
- Health, transport, education and agriculture industries among the most resilient
- Manufacturing, accommodation and hospitality staff are at risk of losing work
- Job ads have increased in last six months and jumped 6.2 per cent since October
Jobs in health care, teaching and social assistance have proved the most resilient occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new report by the National Skills Commission has also found education and training, construction and mining are among occupations that have best been able stand up to the impact of the coronavirus impact.
Data from the Shape of Australia’s Post COVID-19 Workforce report found jobs in industries including health, transport, education and agriculture are the most resilient in Australia and are showing ongoing demand for more workers into the future.
On the contrary, data showed workers in manufacturing, accommodation and hospitality industries are most at risk of losing work.
A new report has outlined most resilient jobs in Australia after the COVID pandemic, with health workers at the top of the list. Pictured: medical staff transport a patient from Epping Hardens Aged Care Home in Melbourne in July
Data from the Shape of Australia’s Post COVID-19 Workforce report found delivery drivers were included in Australia’s most resilient jobs. Pictured: a food delivery drivers travels along Lygon Street in Melbourne in July
The National Skills Commission was created to support Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s JobTrainer program and push government policy to guide workers into filling required essential roles.
Job advertisements have increased over the last six months and jumped by 6.2 per cent since October, showing promising signs for the job prospects of unemployed Australians as the economy regenerates after COVID.
‘Jobs are starting to return even in some of the industries and occupations most impacted by the shutdowns, but recovery is uneven, and young people are most affected,’ National Skills Commissioner Adam Boyton told The Australian.
The report found workers in regional areas were recovering jobs faster than those in city centres, but Mr Boyton was confident of an incoming increase in employment in all industries.
The report found manufacturing, accommodation and hospitality staff are showing a decline in the number of positions available. Pictured: a staff member at the Proform Foods manufacturing facility in Sydney in November
|JOB||TOTAL EMPLOYED IN AUGUST 2020|
|GENERAL MEDICAL STAFF||17,800|
|AGED AND DISABLED CARERS||220,900|
|WELFARE AND RECREATION WORKERS||33,800|
|AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY STAFF||13,600|
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the report gave confidence to prospective workers.
‘It shows where the new jobs will be created and reinforces the Morrison government’s work to make skills and vocational education and training more flexible and relevant to actual labour-market demand,’ she said.
Data found 665,100 people left the work force between March and May, before employment figures rose by 648,500 since October.
Young people are less represented in the list of most resilient occupations, which highlights the breadth of impact felt by young workers in the pandemic.
Senator Cash said since coming to office, the government has focused on reforming the VET sector.
‘COVID-19 has expedited these reforms,’ Senator Cash said.
‘We have made the necessary changes to the VET sector to ensure the training that Australians are undertaking is relevant and fit for purpose.’
She said the government has invested almost $7 billion in the VET sector in this year alone.
‘Given the disruption in the labour market caused by COVID-19, knowing that the job you are training for now will still be there in the future is critical for all Australians and our future prosperity,’ she said.
Despite the report showing construction industry jobs were falling, National Skills Commissioner Adam Boyton was confident of an incoming increase in employment in all industries. Pictured: construction workers at Barangaroo on Thursday