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Regional jobs on the up

Regional jobs on the up

Demand for regional workers at an all-time high

The demand for workers in regional Australia has hit an all-time high, with more than 66,200 jobs available in regional towns and cities across the country, according to the Regional Australia Institute.

RAI CEO Liz Ritchie says this is the largest number since records began, surpassing the demand during the mining construction boom a decade ago.

According to their latest 'Regional Jobs Vacancy Report', the Riverina & Murray region saw a 20% increase in vacancies from February to March this year and a 93% increase from March 2020 to March 2021.

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RAI Chief Economist Dr Kim Houghton says the biggest need is for medium and high-level skills and entry level jobs are few and far between in most of the regions.

“Of course there will be growing pains with regionalisation, but we should not shy away from the challenges ahead – and housing is one of those," says Dr. Haughton.

“While regional communities have long faced housing challenges, these have been amplified by the increased interest in regional living sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and the working-from-home phenomenon."

It comes following recent research published by The Weekly Times, indicating out of 55 rural and regional towns in Victoria, seven currently have no rental properties available and a further eight have just one rental property available.

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