A study is painting a bleak picture of the jobs market for disadvantaged Australians.
Anglicare Australia’s Jobs Availability Snapshot looks at jobseekers who are disadvantaged by factors including age, not having a high school certificate, or being out of a job for a few years.
Executive director Kasy Chambers says they compared that with entry-level jobs on offer.
“There isn’t a formal qualification required where on-the-job training can occur, and so when we look at that, what we find this year is that there are [on average] eight of those disadvantaged jobseekers for every one of those entry-level positions,” Ms Chambers says.
In Tasmania, as many as 20 disadvantaged jobseekers are competing for an entry-level position.
It comes amid a push to get more women training in male-dominated industries, as demand for trades increases.