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April Unemployment Figures Show Rising Trend

April Unemployment Figures Show Rising Trend

After the slight increase in March unemployment rate which rose from 5% to 5.1%, another rise in April, creeping up to 5.2% is a concerning trend, according to the latest information released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Once again, a two-speed economy is evident with New South Wales and Victoria still experiencing strong job markets. In the past

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WA businesses to receive up to $8,500 incentive to hire apprentices

WA businesses to receive up to $8,500 incentive to hire apprentices

The Western Australian State Government will soon offer incentives of up to $8,500 to employ an apprentice or trainee. Announced by Premier Mark McGowan in last week’s 2019-20 State Budget, the incentives are estimated to help 6,000 businesses in Western Australia and, along with other training subsidies, will cost $182 million. This cost will be offset by removing the existing

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March Unemployment Rate Edges up Slightly

March Unemployment Rate Edges up Slightly

March labour figures, recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), continue to show a steady unemployment rate at 5%, up slightly from February rate at 4.9%. The trend monthly underemployment rate also remained steady at 8.2 per cent and decreased by 0.4 percentage points over the year. New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia all remained steady while

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10 Steps To Personal And Professional Goal Setting

10 Steps To Personal And Professional Goal Setting

You’re probably no stranger to setting goals. Whether it’s something work related like getting a promotion, or something more personal like losing weight, we’ve all set goals at some point. Even our long forgotten New Year’s resolutions can be classified as a type of goal, as can our desire to get through our to-do list before the end of the

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Re-entering the workforce, super-mum Lisa lands her dream job!

Re-entering the workforce, super-mum Lisa lands her dream job!

After devoting fifteen years to raising her four young boys, Lisa Roberts had the opportunity to revisit her career path and find a job she truly loves. Like many mothers re-entering the workforce after a long period, Lisa found it was difficult because employers were often looking for recent workplace skills. Having always had a love of nature and gardening,

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A win for Apprenticeships – Federal Budget promises $525 million into Vocational Education sector

A win for Apprenticeships – Federal Budget promises $525 million into Vocational Education sector

Last night’s budget announcement included particular skills-shortage occupations that are promised to receive further incentives under the Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) payment, worth $156.3 million of the overall investment into the vocational education sector. The AISS payment will offer employers double the current financial incentive of $4,000 (for eligible occupations), increasing this amount to $8,000. Over the next five

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Australians worked an extra 2.6 million hours in February!

Australians worked an extra 2.6 million hours in February!

The labour force figures for February, released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), indicates the summer holiday period is officially over and the Australian workforce is back in full swing. As a nation, Australians rolled up their sleeves and worked 2.6 million more hours in February than we did in January. The report also showed an increase

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7 Ways to Overcome Anxiety in the Workplace

7 Ways to Overcome Anxiety in the Workplace

With an average of one in four people experiencing anxiety at some stage in their life, it’s no surprise that Aussies are experiencing anxiety in the workplace. This has a massive impact not only on the individual, but on the business with 92% of serious work-related mental health condition claims being attributed to mental stress and one in five Australians

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Titans Player Building his Career on and off the Field

Titans Player Building his Career on and off the Field

A footballers career is an exhilarating one, just ask Ash Taylor, half-back for the Gold Coast Titans. In the 2018 season Ash achieved 17 try-assists for the team and his pre-season lead-up this year indicates he is one to watch, evident in his commitment for ongoing improvement. But like many elite sporting careers, football careers often run short and players

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January Labour Force Figures a Promising Start

January Labour Force Figures a Promising Start

According to the most recent labour force figures for January, just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are 218,600 more persons employed full-time and 76,800 more persons employed part-time in Australia, compared to twelve months ago. Further, over the past year, trend employment increased by 295,500 persons (or 2.4%), which was above the average annual growth rate over

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