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Australia – Job ads show high demand for blue collar workers

29 May 2013

Demand for workers to fill blue-collar roles is growing, according to data released by Australian job site SEEK today. The latest job figures show that the number of new job ads listed in April for freight forwarders, call centre salespersons and carpenters increased month-on-month by +22%, +18% and +14% respectively.

SEEK spokesperson, Sarah Macartney, said: “Growth in these types of roles is encouraging, especially given Swan Services impending closure and Ford’s decisions to cease manufacturing locally, and the call-centre redundancies announced by ANZ.”

Stephen Noble, Managing Director for recruitment firm Australia Wide Personnel, added they have seen growth in opportunities in food and custom-built vehicle manufacturing. “We have had reasonable numbers of these roles arise in the major job markets of Melbourne and Sydney, which lend themselves to workers with strong manufacturing skills.”

There are currently more than 5,500 manufacturing, transport and logistics jobs listed on SEEK.

SEEK tracks job ad growth across 30 industry classifications and more than 400 job types. It analyses which job markets are growing by measuring the job types which have the largest percentage increase in new listings each month.

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