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Skills shortage


With unemployment at a 48-year low of 3.5 per cent, and with the number of jobseekers level pegging the number of job vacancies.

Migration the right fix for worker shortages

Increasing immigration is not a substitute for training more Australians. But it’s what is needed now to alleviate the crippling migrant-deprived tightness of the labour market.

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“It is broadly accepted – certainly among independent, objective observers of the Australian economy – that wages aren’t the problem when it comes to the issues that we are confronting,” the Treasurer says.

Budget, economic outlook ‘confronting’: Chalmers

Treasurer Jim Chalmers says world economy ‘a difficult, if not dangerous, place’; PM, NSW, Victoria agree COVID-19 quarantine should not be shortened yet. How the day unfolded.

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Callum Macdermid quickly progressed from a graduate role to Head Ground Robot Engineer at Australian Droid and Robot.

Australia needs an extra 1.2 million workers – these are the jobs

More than 98,600 technology specialists, 20,400 solicitors and 7700 auditors will be needed, ramping up pressure on employers to offer bigger salaries.

  • Hannah Wootton and Tess Bennett
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) employee Dulitha Piyasena  has just received a $50k pay rise.

Meet the workers scoring $50,000 pay rises

Dulitha Piyasena recently left his job at the Bank of Queensland for a pay rise of roughly $50,000.

  • Patrick Durkin
Australia is short of workers, not short of jobs.

Seven employment myths the jobs summit must avoid

The Albanese government’s September gathering to discuss employment can only come up with good solutions if tackles the right problems.

  • Chris Richardson
Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze said it found “no rhyme or reason” behind some delays in the skilled migration system.

Energy executives say skills, migration changes crucial to transition

Senior executives in the energy sector have urged the Albanese Government to use its Jobs Summit to streamline the skilled migration system.

  • David Marin-Guzman and Angela Macdonald-Smith
None of the major banks had announced how they would be changing mortgage rates in response to the RBA move.

Consumer, business confidence worsen: ANZ, NAB and Westpac

Rate rises cause consumer, business confidence to dip, three of the big four banks said; NSW ICAC to review Jenny West’s testimony from John Barilaro inquiry; Commonwealth, NSW bankroll millions in extra flood aid. How the day unfolded.

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  • Georgie Moore and Campbell Kwan
Australia is in the grip of a talent shortage.

Migrants the fastest way to fill 500,000 job vacancies: boards

Skilled migration and employee share schemes are key to solving the skills shortage, according to company directors. They warn it’s become the biggest problem for business.

  • Patrick Durkin
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will address the Sydney Energy Forum on Tuesday

Albanese’s jobs summit: Who will get an invite?

The meeting scheduled for the first two days of spring will be one of the hottest political tickets going around.

  • Ronald Mizen
InternMatch director Domenic Saporito, left, and CEO Gerard Holland.

Finding students their first job lands start-up $10m

The Australian edtech start-up will use the funds to accelerate its international growth and help companies deal with their staff shortages.

  • Tess Bennett

Should companies keep salaries a secret?

Is it a good idea to know just how much your colleagues are earning? Talking about your salary is often taboo, but it has its advantages.

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  • Natasha Boddy
PRIA president Shane Allison wants the federal government to help attract communications professionals to Australia.

‘Can’t keep up’: PR industry wants to import foreign flacks

The public relations industry says the domestic supply of talent is not coping with demands from the corporate world and needs migration reform to attract skilled professionals from overseas.

  • Miranda Ward
Shorter, sharper and more tightly focused courses are essential to solving the skills crisis,says Alison Watkins.

Learn and earn at the same time: the Watkins cure for skill shortages

The former Coca-Cola Amatil chief executive is calling for a better integrated education system across schools, vocational education and universities.

  • Julie Hare
Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth plans to champion employment opportunities for disabled workers.

Labor to champion disabled and younger workers

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth plans to champion the underutilised skilled workforce as part of the upcoming jobs summit.

  • Tom McIlroy
Goanna Group CEO Lisa Sarago.

Why consulting and tech giants are turning to this IT firm

Goanna Group is an Indigenous-owned and operated IT consulting and training firm seeking to increase the representation of minority groups in the sector.

  • Edmund Tadros
Treasurer Jim Chalmers says interest rate rise will put pressure on borrowers.

Chalmers open to migration fix for ‘acute’ labour shortages

The Treasurer says allowing more overseas workers into Australia could be part of moves to help business fill critical vacancies.

  • Tom McIlroy

Construction shrinks as interest rate rises blunt housing demand

Construction fell substantially in June for the first time in several months, with worker and materials shortages part of the problem.

  • Hannah Wootton
General manager and licensee Jaimi Nuttall is working longer hours at the White Horse Hotel in Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Managers toil longer as workers get picky about hours

Position vacant signs are commonplace in the windows of cafes and shops the country over.

  • Edmund Tadros

Jump in job ads across regional Australia

The percentage of job vacancies has more than doubled in regional areas since the pandemic began in early 2020.

  • Edmund Tadros and Ronald Mizen
A country with purpose will attract talented migrants.

Only people and productivity add up to prosperity

The census showed Australians are better off than they often think. But we also need to do more to secure our fortunes.

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