Triple the growth for the community services sector

With an ageing population and an in-demand healthcare sector, it is no surprise that the demand for community service workers will continue to grow over the next five years. What is surprising is the sheer rate of growth that is forecasted.

While Australia is expecting employment growth rates of around 7.2%, the Department of Employment predicts that occupations within the community services sector will be more than three times this. Predicting a 24.5% employment growth rate for the category (between 2013–2018), finding and keeping the best talent will be a challenge for many.

The biggest occupational group, aged care and disabled care workers, currently account for over 120,000 workers in Australia. This is set to grow by a staggering 32% (more than four times the national average) to 170,000 workers by 2018. With this in mind, companies that are able to think differently about the way they source the right talent, and how they keep them engaged, will be able to mitigate flight risks within their business.

Key findings from SEEK's Community Services and Development Industry Insights Report

SEEK’s Community Services and Development Industry Insights Report analyses historical and predicted employment trends produced by the Department of Employment, and, supply and demand trends produced by SEEK.

3 most difficult roles to source nationally

  1. Managers.

  2. Indigenous and multicultural services.

  3. Community development.

Victoria dominated candidate supply in these hard-to-source disciplines.

3 disciplines attracting the highest salaries

  1. Management ($81,152–$96,817).

  2. Fundraising ($75,959–$89,999).

  3. Volunteer coordination and support ($67,558–$82,557).

Use SEEK’s Community Services and Development Industry Insight Report to position yourself as a subject matter expert and make clever talent sourcing decisions that will support your business’ future development. Interested in other industries too? Download a copy of our latest Industry Insights Report, which sums up the top metrics across every SEEK job classification.

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