Skills Shortage not over despite Economic Outlook

At this weeks Travel Industry Careers Association (TICA) website launch, the industry was urged to continue to support TICA and its objectives, despite the current drop in consumer confidence.

Mandy Scotney, TICA Chair and Executive General Manager retail for House of Travel, stated that the demographic factors fuelling the skills shortage have not and cannot change for many years.

Scotney commented that whilst the economy was in a downward swing the Australian workforce is still facing considerable shortages in the year ahead. These include a continuing aging population with more people leaving the workforce than joining it, a current baby-boom’ amongst professional women further removing talented workers from the workforce, and the underlying strength in the Australian economy that means demand for skills will remain high.

-The Department of Employment, Education & Workforce Relations predicts that by 2010 we will have a shortage of over 170,000 workers across Australia stated Scotney. -This is less than 14 months away and we must remember that travel industry will be continued to compete with other industries for talent so we must promote ourselves even more than before.

-The industry cannot put its head in the sand and get bogged down in the challenges of today. Consumer confidence is down but it won’t stay down forever and we cannot afford to be caught short when it changes.

The website is the associations marketing tool for attracting’ candidates into the travel industry. Companies are encouraged to join forces with TICA to ensure that the industry is working together to address the issues and market’ careers in travel.

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