As a coach, it is important that I stay on top of labour market information. My clients need to know where the jobs are! This includes sectors, occupations and locations, and where job opportunities are on the increase or what skills are needed for them.
Statistical releases relating to labour and employment in Queensland are published by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office on a regular basis. The key themes reported for the June 30, 2019 quarter are as follows:
- As of June 30, 2019, Queensland had a total of 2,509,959 people employed. This accounts for 19.7% of Australia’s total employment.
- Over the year to June 2019, the largest percentage increase in employment occurred in the Public Administration and Safety industry, up by 12.4%.
- Within Australia, the same industry also had the largest percentage increase, up by 13.3%.
- Public Administration generally refers to local, state and federal government employees with a mix of private employers.
- In comparison, the Retail industry recorded the largest detraction in Queensland by –0.4%.
- The highest percentage of total employment in Queensland was in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, totally 14.0%. This will continue to rise.
- In Australia, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry increased by an overall total of 13.2%
- In comparison, the Retail trade industry recorded the largest detraction in Queensland of –0.4%
- The largest percentage increase in employment in Queensland occurred in the occupation group Professionals, which was up 8.5%.
- This was followed closely by Clerical and Administrative workers, up 4.1%.
- Third on the list was Trades and Technicians which is currently employing 14.4% of Queenslanders.
- The Sales Workers occupation group, unfortunately, recorded a large decrease in Queensland, down by –0.7%.
- In fact, over the past year, Sales Workers have dropped by 7.2% in total.
These figures can provide insights regarding the availability of jobs and trends in employment cycles. This can be important if you are considering changing careers as well.