Australian Jobs 2021: Pathways to work

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Australian Jobs 2021: National Skill Commission overview of the Australian labour market

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Australian Jobs, produced annually by the National Skills Commission, is an easy-to-read overview of the Australian labour market and an important resource for students, career advisers and those looking for work.

The publication functions as a single source of information on industries, occupations and local labour markets, and provides guidance about the skills employers need, educational pathways and strategies to find a job.

National Skills Commission Adam Boyton said: 'The Australian Jobs 2021 publication is an important resource to help set people on the path to a strong future of employment. Our research and analysis show a broad shift to service industries, along with an increased emphasis on post-school qualifications from employers.’

‘The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the labour market and there is now more competition for certain jobs. Accordingly, it is more important than ever to understand what employers are looking for and to gain an understanding of the labour market that you are moving into.

‘Over the past 18 months, the labour market has shown that it can change rapidly and resources like Australian Jobs 2021 are extremely valuable in drawing together all the relevant information for job seekers, students and those wishing to change careers into the one place.’

Australian Jobs 2021 also provides detail on the impact COVID-19 has had on the labour market and how labour market conditions have changed for Australia’s youth. 
‘As young people are predominately employed in service industries, such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, they have been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic,’ Mr Boyton said.

Australian Jobs 2021 was written in collaboration with the National Careers Institute (NCI) to ensure all users have access to authoritative and accurate careers information and support, irrespective of their age or career stage. NCI will formally take the lead on Australian Jobs from 2022.

Released in September 2021, Australian Jobs 2021 is a comprehensive guide to the Australian labour market. The report is widely used by secondary schools, jobactive providers, Centrelink offices, industry associations and tertiary institutions, and is also available online. For further information and the full report, please visit National Skills Commission website.

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