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Australia: Careers and Industries in Demand
February 8, 2019

What can the release of the Australian Government’s industry and occupation projections reports tell us about employment trends in Australia over the coming years?


Industries in demand 

The Industry Employment Projections report from the Department of Jobs and Small Businesses found that 886,100 new jobs will open up in the next five
years to May 2023, signalling a total employment growth of 7.1 per cent. These jobs are expected to grow through turnover rather than net employment growth, due to key factors such as job changes, returning to study, caring for family, retiring and travelling. Employment is predicted to increase in 17 of 19 industries by May 2023, with declines expected in the Wholesale Trade and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sectors. The report suggests that Australia is undergoing a structural shift in employment that is concentrated in service industries, with four of these areas being projected to contribute almost two-thirds (or 66.4 per cent) of total employment growth over the next five years.

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Dstl’s Latest Apprenticeship Opportunities Are Now Open
February 4, 2019

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has a number of new apprenticeship vacancies – see their post on gov.uk below.

At Dstl, we are committed to developing our people, and to investing in the next generation of talent.Apprentices at Dstl

We offer apprenticeships in a variety of roles which enable people to gain experience and an insight into some truly unique work that helps protect the nation. Our apprenticeship programmes range from advanced through to degree level. If you are thinking about your next step in education, or a change of direction in your career, then Dstl could be the place for you.

Choosing an apprenticeship programme gives you a breadth of experience and a qualification and you will earn a salary at the same time.

With a mix of classroom and on-the-job -based learning, our programmes offer you the chance to work on cutting-edge real projects, making a real difference to the defence and security of the UK.

We’re keen to develop even more talent. If you’re passionate about science and technology, eager to help protect the UK and keen to learn, you’ll thrive on one of the following apprenticeships: Read more

Schools and Employers Must Collaborate to Help Young People into Work
September 5, 2018

Off the back of last week’s GCSE results, research published by HR Magazine, shows parents feel more must be done by employers and schools to provide work experience for young people.

Most parents (82%) believe schools and employers need to work more closely to prepare their children for the workplace, according to research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The survey also highlighted that despite 78% of parents believing work experience provides the best way for young people to gain employability skills, only 32% agree that employers are actually doing enough to provide that work experience.

Separate CMI research showed that 85% of employers want students to have gained work experience.

It found that parents are roughly as confident about the careers advice they give their children (56%) as they are in that provided by their children’s schools (54%).

Parents’ views play an important role in students’ decision-making. In previous research, 77% of young people said that parents are their number one source of careers advice when leaving school.

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Support For Employers to Promote the 50+ Workforce in the North East
July 16, 2018

The government has launched a programme, “Retrain, regain, retain – a pilot to support employers and the older workforce.”

The Department for Work and Pensions, in partnership with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the National Careers Service (NCS), is offering an opportunity to engage with a range of local businesses to explore how the NCS could provide individuals with better careers and skills advice, and how this might have an impact on the retention, retraining and recruitment workers aged 50 and over.

Benefits of the pilot

Employers that participate will have free access to: Read more

The Best Jobs in Australia for 2018
July 6, 2018

Global jobs site Indeed has analysed its search data for Australia, uncovering the best local jobs.

Indeed examined tens-of-thousands of job posts to identify well-paid roles that have seen remarkable levels of growth and present great opportunities for job seekers or those considering future career options.

Technology, building and construction, health and medical care are the key areas seeing demand increase.

More than half the roles have average salaries of more than $100,000 and all exceed $80,000.

The number one in-demand job is lead teacher, which has seen extraordinary growth over the past three years amid shortages of more senior level teachers with team leadership experience. The average base salary for a lead teacher is $92,723.


Full stack developer leads the way in terms of IT jobs growth, followed by data scientist, technology assistant and information systems manager, which are also among the highest paid positions with technology assistant the highest on the list at $141,738 on average. Read more

Degree Returns
July 4, 2018

The Department for Education and Institute for Fiscal Studies (IfS) published a major new report looking at latest Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) to determine whether studying different types of degree at different types of university affect graduate earnings.

Characteristics determined before students begin HE are important for future earnings, but even after accounting for these characteristics different subjects and institutions have significantly different impacts on the earnings of there students.

Medicine, economics and business are amongst the highest returning courses, with creative arts, philosophy and English amongst the lowest returning courses. This research, uses a new dataset of school, university and tax records created by the Department for Education to investigate returns to different degree courses.

Access The Research Publication Here

ViewPoint: What’s The Point of Pointless Jobs?
May 25, 2018

David Graeber is a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the new book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. The following is an ‘opinion’ piece published in THE GLOBE AND MAIL

There are many people who complain that their jobs make no difference in the world. By this I mean not simply that their work has no profound effect on transforming society, which, after all, very few jobs actually do, but rather that they make no difference of any kind of all – if their position, or even the division or branch of the company where they work were to vanish, no one would notice. Their jobs literally do nothing.

In Britain, where I live, surveys reveal that almost 40 percent of all workers feel their jobs make no meaningful contribution to the world. It seems to me there is every reason to believe such people are right. The implications are profound. If you include those who are doing work in support of these jobs – say, the cleaners or receptionists or security staff in buildings inhabited entirely by publicists, lobbyists, financial consultants or corporate lawyers whose sole responsibility is to arrange elaborate tax scams – plus the hours of pointless meetings and paperwork inflicted on those with useful jobs, which are in large part to justify the existence of the useless ones, it’s quite possible that as much as half the work we’re doing could be eliminated without negative consequences, and with dramatic positive effects on everything from health to climate change

 Here, I’m not so much interested in how we wound up in this situation as much as the moral and psychological effects this situation has on workers. It’s come to the point where millions of people wake up every morning and head off to perform tasks they secretly believe to be unnecessary, or even counterproductive.Over the past year, I’ve collected hundreds of testimonies from those languishing in these pointless positions. Take Dan, who worked for a large insurance firm based in Toronto. He technically provided graphics for an online data depository no one ever consulted, but most days, he did nothing at all. “It’s honestly hard,” he told me, “to describe how mad and useless I felt. There were easily twice as many managers as actual employees in the building. How ridiculous is that?” His office housed six managers, who were all arranged around one large desk in such a way that the others would notice if any one of them stopped pretending to work. “It all felt like some Kafkaesque dream sequence that only I had the misfortune of realizing, but deep down inside, I felt we must have all known how stupid what we were doing was!”

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