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Anglicare Australia Launches Jobs Availability Snapshot: Employment services are broken and must be fixed

Oct 18, 2018, 10:46 AM by Maiy Azize

Anglicare Australia today called for urgent reform of employment services following the release the 2018 Jobs Availability Snapshot.

The findings from the Snapshot found that nearly 111,000 people are looking for low-skilled, entry-level jobs – compared to just 26,000 vacancies at that skill level.

Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers said that we need a new approach to help people find work.

“The job market isn’t working for everyone. It’s failing those who need the most help to find work – those without qualifications or recent experience. Our research shows that at least four of these jobseekers are competing for each job at their level.

“Low-skilled, entry-level jobs are slowly disappearing – and there aren’t enough of them to meet demand in any part of the country.

“The situation is toughest in South Australia and Tasmania. In South Australia, eight of these jobseekers are competing for each suitable job. And in Tasmania, there are a staggering twelve jobseekers for each suitable job,” Ms Chambers said.

Ms Chambers called for reform of the employment services system.

“By any measure the Jobactive network is failing. It’s taking an average of five years to find work for those who need the most help.

“We must move to a tailored approach for each person. That means working in partnership with people taking into account their situation, strengths and goals. It means helping people find the right training programs and jobs for them. And it means supporting them to stay in work once they’re there.

“These changes are urgent. If we don’t fix this broken system, we will go on forcing people to compete for jobs that simply aren’t there.”

The Jobs Availability Snapshot found that:
» Across Australia, there are at least four jobseekers competing for each low-skilled, entry-level job
» Over 714,000 people are unemployed, and 110,735 are facing barriers to work
» Of the 185,662 job vacancies advertised, less than 26,000 were low-skilled entry-level jobs
» These jobs are drying up – they have halved as a percentage of job advertisements since 2006