Upskilled’s Annual Australian Career Survey is aimed at helping people better understand Australia’s ever-evolving education and workplace needs. In the 2015-16 financial year, those needs were pushed and pulled into shape by a number of local and global forces. At home, our economy transitioned from the 'frivals' of the massive mining boom to the labour-intensive services sector. To adapt to this shift, workers will need to become increasingly skilled in order to fulfil the need for a qualified labour force. While globally, markets become further interconnected and digitally entrenched. As geographical restraints continue to become less and less of a hurdle, Australia's workplaces and education and training providers must increase their flexibility, mobility, and online options to ensure we keep pace with the rest of the world.
Having made good head-way into 2017 already, the digital disruption trend and the rise of the start-up are continuing to driving the need for tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship capabilities. Education and training must be even more readily available online and courses should be shorter, more targeted, and produce work readiness and the niche skill-sets required of capable workers. To contribute to Australia’s ability as a dynamic workforce, the Australian careers survey and report provides a snapshot into the attitudes, aspirations and satisfaction levels of workers and non-workers across a number of demographics. The findings offer a number of insights for business leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and managers seeking to drive performance and draft legislation within the Australian labour force.
A grand total of 3418 people responded from all around Australia with most respondents working full-time and representing those from NSW. Health care or social services worker was the most common occupation and 1860 females participated in the survey, as opposed to only 1558 males.
Overall, Australians are happy workers who wouldn't mind a pay-rise (but then who wouldn't?) and have considered further education and training to benefit their potential.
To find out about the full state of the Australian workforce and see all the juicy stats about how workers really feel then click through to read the full report here.