Release of State of the Family Report

Samaritans CEO

Anglicare Australia today launched its flagship State of the Family Report on at Australian Parliament House.

Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There is the title of the 2016 report, and it is informed by Anglicare Australia’s first Jobs Availability Snapshot.

In May, there were 21,812 entry level jobs advertised in Australia. That same month there were 138,044 people registered as disadvantaged job seekers, in a total of 732,000 people unemployed. This means that about six people are in need of an entry level job for every job advertised.

The findings from the Snapshot show that only 13 percent of all advertised jobs in May 2016 were at the entry level (which assumes year 10 education or equivalent).

When we look at this figure we can see that finding a job if you don’t have a degree, year 12, or ample workplace experience, or just happen to live in an area with few jobs, is near on impossible. We need to both grow the jobs market and invest in people so they can develop the skills and experience they need.

For people looking for their first job, for those who need support to re-enter the workforce, and for people whose positions have been made redundant due to industry disruption, it often seems the right jobs just aren’t there.

The report shows evidence that people in our community are facing barriers to employment as a result of widespread economic upheaval. We have nine stories that make up the report from Anglicare network members in almost every state of Australia detailing a breadth of challenges to finding work.

From the end of the mining boom, to the barriers faced by young people leaving care right through to migrants and people suffering from mental illness; the report shows that a significant proportion of people who genuinely want to work are unable to find suitable employment.

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