Skills Shortage looms as confidence returns

THE state’s job shortage could ease in as little as 10 months, says the president of a career development body.

Dr Peter Carey, president of the Career Development Association of Australia says anecdotal evidence and growing business confidence points to South Australia going back to a skills shortage in less than a year.

-There’s an underlying skills shortage that will come back to bite in as little as 10 months, Dr Carey told The Advertiser.

Speaking in the wake of CDAA’s national conference, Dr Carey said the onus was on businesses and individuals to invest in their training and development in preparation for the upswing.

-We’re trying to engage business people to take on board career development, he said.

-It’s a win, win for businesses – happy people are productive people.

In the interim, Dr Carey suggested an agreement be reached between businesses, employees and government to keep workplaces buoyant during lean economic times.

-We need to look at more flexible work arrangements and they (businesses) also need to be talking to government, to work out an agreement that might support some of their initiatives, he said.

Despite the economic downturn several Adelaide companies are taking measures to invest in their staff.

One company, HPS Pharmacies, already provides a solid career pathway for its young professionals, offering a new tiered entry partner scheme.

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