Survey shows 43,000 skilled workers jobless

In yet another blow to Australian workers, a survey conducted by KPMG Econtech for specialist employment services group Clarius has shown that more than 43,000 skilled workers have been forced out of a job in the first quarter of 2009.

Skilled employment has fallen to its lowest level in eight years as a slowing economy reduces demand.

Clarius Group executive manager Kym Quick said the drop in employment demand showed the Government needed to do more to support the labour market.

“There will continue to be pressure on certain skill sets, and to avoid mass unemployment within any given sector, stimulus must be targeted and strategic with the view to long-term benefits and not ‘quick fix’ solutions.”

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