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Anglicare Australia report reveals staggering number of people competing for jobs

A staggering one in 27 Aussies are competing for each entry-level job, according to a new report.

On top of that, 1.1 million people are underemployed and could also be applying for these jobs, Anglicare Australia’s job availability snapshot report found, meaning nabbing that elusive job could be ever harder.

It also revealed a shocking figure – that these jobseekers also spend an average of five years looking for work, due to a number of barriers.

Despite predictions that the Great Resignation – a phenomenon playing out in the US where millions of people are quitting – could see up to three in five Aussies ditch their jobs come March 2022, it’s not the same story for people who lack qualifications or experience.

The report found while unemployment is going down, the number of people with barriers to work has not budged, impacted by everything from being made redundant later in life, failing to finish year 12, living with a disability and being in a remote area.

Competition is fierce for entry-level jobs. Picture: Supplied
Competition is fierce for entry-level jobs. Picture: Supplied
It also showed one in 10 of the jobseekers competing for entry-level positions don’t have recent experience or qualifications.

“Our system is failing those who need the most help to find work – people with disabilities, who didn’t finish year 12, or older workers who lost their jobs later in life,” said Anglicare Australia’s executive director Kasy Chambers.

“Our Snapshot shows that over 100,000 of these jobseekers are looking for work. That number has barely budged in five years. The same people are being left behind each year.”

The number of people with barriers to work was close to 105,000, but the report found suitable jobs such as cleaners, hospitality and wait staff, farm and garden workers, labourers, retail assistants and salespeople listed in July sat at just over 38,000.

The situation was also worse depending on where you lived. In Tasmania, there are about eight jobseekers with barriers competing for an entry-level role, while in South Australia there are four per job. Things were slightly better in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia with three jobseekers per role.

Gardening is an entry-level job. Picture: iStock
Gardening is an entry-level job. Picture: iStock

Aussies need entry-level jobs, but there aren’t enough to meet demand in any part of the country meaning people “don’t stand a chance”, Ms Chambers said.

The Federal Government has restarted mutual obligations, which includes an employment plan and applying for jobs, for anyone receiving JobSeeker payments of between $565 and $850 per fortnight.

The obligations can include attending appointments with an employment services provider, doing Work for the Dole and activities such as study, training and voluntary work.

Ms Chambers called on the Government to stop punishing people and instead start creating jobs for them.

“The pandemic is still raging, but the Government is already back to punishing people who can’t find work. The recovery is leaving people behind – the jobs aren’t there for the people who need them,” she said.