September quarter Labour Market Update out now

This story was first published on Tuesday 12 September 2023.

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The quarterly Labour Market Update is now available.

The latest report shows that we’ve experienced strong labour market conditions over 2022-2023 and particularly strong growth in female full-time employment (up by 6.0%), more than double the growth rate for men (2.7%).

The report highlights the importance of Vocational Education and Training (VET) with around 91% of total employment growth was in occupations that typically require post-school qualifications. Just over half (51.9%) of total employment growth was found in occupations where VET qualifications are the primary pathway.

Over the year to May 2023, employment increased in all eight major occupational groups. The largest increases in employment were recorded for Professionals (4.2%), Community and Personal Service Workers (6.0%) and Technicians and Trades Workers (3.5%).

The report also highlights that Aged and Disabled Carers, Registered Nurses and Child Carers, all care sector occupations, were the three strongest growing occupations over the last year.

Electricians are in high demand in regional Western Australia and Queensland and demand is expected to increase with Australia’s clean energy transformation, as a number of key regions are actively planning the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

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