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Sunnier Outlook for Jobs in Queensland

 As the 2015 state election campaign continues, creating jobs in Queensland is the main game of candidates and something high on voter’s priorities list

 

Jobs in Queensland the Main Game

 

 As the 2015 QLD state election campaign continues in earnest, candidates across both major parties have made the creation of new jobs in Queensland the central focus of their pitch to voters, ahead of polling day on January 31st. Premier Campbell Newman has promised the creation of 209,000 new jobs in the 5 years to 2020 - to be generated mainly from investments in new infrastructure; while opposition leader Anastasia Palaszcuk has pledged to restore the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program dumped by Newman’s incumbent government amongst other initiatives. With 68% of Queensland voters rating jobs and the economy as the most important issue, whoever prevails on Election Day will have their work cut out for them.

 

QLD Economy Expected to Accelerate

Having experienced a few difficult years recently, following a slowdown in the resources sector along with budgetary cuts to government public service positions. Queensland has enjoyed a big drop in its unemployment rate from 6.9% to 6.1% in December 2014 after 22,500 new jobs were created in a single month – the biggest improvement of any Australian state and a sign of better economic times around the corner. Furthermore, the launch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Gladstone to overseas markets is set to accelerate Queensland’s employment growth rate from 2016 onwards; whilst 20,000 new jobs will be created alone from the construction of a new coal project in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin and the Queens Wharf Casino District in Brisbane’s CBD.

 

Construction, Healthcare, Mining and Professional Services Industries of the Future for Jobseekers

With new infrastructure developments set to boost the economy in coming years generating additional employment options, there are certain areas jobseekers can focus on to find job opportunities in QLD. According to government estimates, Healthcare and Social Assistance, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Construction and Mining form the top four, which closely matches 2011 Census figures of the industries employing the most Queenslanders. They were Healthcare and Social Assistance (11.9% of the total workforce), Retail (10.7%), Construction (9.0%) and Manufacturing (8.4%). These jobs are not only skilled, but offer genuine career paths for talented and motivated individuals.

 

Sun, Surf and an Enviable Lifestyle

In addition to an accelerated economy and opportunities for jobseekers, Queensland enjoys a tropical climate, a capital city ranked 20th in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 ‘World’s Most Liveable Cities’ report, and close proximity to oceans and mountains, giving its residents an enviable standard of living. Combined with an improving economy, political leaders with job creation as their central focus and a range of high-skilled industries facing labour shortages; now is a promising time to consider Queensland as your next career destination.

 

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