Jobs boost for regions as demand for workers outstrips supply
The Australian casual and contract job market is showing early signs of improvement in 2010, according to Travellers Contact Point general manager Dan Lucas.
Lucas said the company had seen a huge spike in vacancies in January, with rural and regional employers finding it particularly tough to find staff.
He added: “Our employers in rural and regional parts of Australia are asking ‘where have all the travellers gone?’. This is the first time in almost 18 months that we’ve seen an influx of work opportunities on this scale, especially in regional areas of NSW and Queensland.”
A stagnant job market during the back end of 2009 forced many travellers to return home as they couldn’t find work. Employers and hostels in regional areas were hit hard as backpacker workers were less inclined to venture away from the big cities without the guarantee of a job at the other end.
To counteract the problem,Travellers Contact Point’s work division Travellers At Work has adopted a regional strategy to develop strong relations with employers in rural areas and will soon be opening new offices in Cairns and Darwin to provide a larger employment network for travellers and employers.
TCP founder Alan Collingwood added: “The Australian economy continues to improve and the new year has seen a dramatic increase in job opportunities. In particular, there is plenty of long-term work on farms and cattle stations throughout Australia which can be used to extend the working holiday visa for a further 12 months if required.”