Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

I’m calling it – the job market is back

The mainstream media are full of big job loss stories such as Alcoa, QANTAS and Toyota but out there in the SME sector, where the economy’s engine really hums, there’s signs of life.   I have been speaking to a lot of recruitment agency owners over the past 6 weeks and almost without exception they…

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Mining jobs boom definitely over: DEEWR

In May this year, Australian Jobs 2013 was released. It’s the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ most recent edition of their comprehensive annual Australian labour market update.   The most significant news story amongst the welter of statistics was that the mining jobs book is over, according to DEEWR.   In the five…

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How will I know (if he has succeeded in the job)?

Back in the (Australian) summer of 1985/86 Whitney Houston released the third single from her self-titled debut album. It was a massive hit, reaching number 2 on the Australian singles chart as well as number 1 on the (US) Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song ‘How Will I Know?’ (and accompanying video) were perfect representations of mid 1980s pop music.…

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Employment in Australia: Don’t generalise

Last week the ABS released its job vacancy data which gave a picture of what’s changed state-by-state in the past twelve months with respect to what we might loosely called the ‘candidate shortage’, or more specifically the ratio of unemployed job seekers to vacant positions.   Here’s the data, with the comparative period of twelve…

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Treading Water: AFR job ad review 2010

On the last Friday in October each year, for the past four years, I have reviewed all the job ads appearing in the Australian Financial Review (AFR). I do this with the purpose of categorising each ad into one of four quality ratings (see below).   There is no science to this process, just my…

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