With news about the condition of the construction industry being largely negative over the last couple of years, it’s easy to feel pessimistic about the job market. But new research shows that employment in Queensland appears to be on the rise for the foreseeable future.
Employment growth sectors
According to the latest report by MacroPlan Dimasi, a management consulting firm, the top five growth sectors for employment in Queensland from now until 2019 are:
1. Social assistance and healthcare, with 44,989 predicted new jobs
2. Professionals, scientific and technical services, with 31,289 predicted new jobs
3. Training and education, with 19,613 predicted new jobs
4. Accommodation and food services, with 19,481 predicted new jobs
5. Construction, with 18,008 predicted new jobs
This will be welcome news to those of you in the construction industry, as the effects of the slump in building and mining have been felt strongly over the last couple of years. You may have been worried about the long road to recovery, but Queensland seems to be doing well and bucking the national trend.
So where are these new construction jobs likely to be found over the next few years? Well, Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast will be the main areas to watch. Brisbane is expected to offer 10,222 new jobs, which will largely be at the 300 George Street project, the airport’s charter terminal, Brisbane Metro and the Queen Wharf precinct.