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Job vacancies

Figure 3.5 shows the number of on-line vacancies advertised for key VET-trained employing occupations in the Agriculture sector over the past two years.


For many of the occupations in this sector, advertised vacancy numbers are small, perhaps confirming anecdotal information from the industry that few positions are advertised. However, key messages are as follows:


  • Over the past two years, there has been a substantial decrease in on-line vacancies advertised for Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers, down from a high of around 147 in March 2011, to 27 in June 2013.

  • On-line advertisements for Crop Farm Workers fluctuate throughout the year, with high demand in the harvesting season, and lower demand in the winter months.

  • There has been a small downward trend in advertisements for Livestock Farm Workers, which stood at around 26 in June 2013.

  • Deck and Fishing Hand advertisements remain low at less than 10 per month, and Livestock Farmers and Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers advertisements have also remained broadly static over the past two years.



Figure 3.5: Number of on-line vacancies lodged for key VET-related employing occupations in the Agriculture industry in Victoria, January 2011 to June 2013

140

120

100

80

60


40

20


Jan 11
Feb 11
Mar 11
Apr 11
May 11
Jun 11
Jul 11
Aug 11
Sep 11
Oct 11
Nov 11
Dec 11
Jan 12
Feb 12
Mar 12
Apr 12
May 12
Jun 12
Jul 12
Aug 12
Sep 12
Oct 12
Nov 12
Dec 12
Jan 13
Feb 13
Mar 13
Apr 13
May 13
Jun 13

0

Livestock Farmers

Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers

Crop Farm Workers Livestock Farm Workers

Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers



Source: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Internet Vacancy Index (based on count of on-line vacancies newly lodged on SEEK, My Career, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch), June 2013.

Data shown is three-monthly averages, and is not seasonally adjusted.



Employment trends by occupation

Table 3.1 highlights the occupations at four-digit ANZSCO level (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) that align to the Agriculture industry.


Forecasts presented in the table estimate the expected average annual employment needs. The average annual employment needs includes employment growth or decline3 and replacement demand4 by occupation for the next five years.
Over the next five years within the Agriculture industry the average annual employment needs is expected to be approximately 4,000 per year.

Table 3.1: Estimated annual employment growth + replacement demand figures for occupations in the Agriculture sector across Victoria





Occupation name


2011-12

employment total in Agriculture


Average annual employment needs to 2016-17


Overall employment growth to 2016-17

Livestock Farmers


28,500

1,300

1,560

Crop Farmers

8,010

600

1,570

Livestock Farm Workers

7,250

440

260

Crop Farm Workers

6,080

360

310

Mixed Crop/Livestock Farmers

5,750

210

0

Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Plant Operators

1,320

140

290

Shearers

780

70

0

Fencers

480

60

60

Agricultural & Forestry Scientists

670

50

90

Meat Process Workers

510

50

80

Other Farm Workers

570

50

90

Animal Attendants & Trainers

560

40

0

Gardeners

870

40

70

Nurserypersons

230

40

0




  1. Forecast employment growth or decline is the expected change in the number of jobs within an occupation year to year. The period presented in the table from 2011-12 to 2016-17.




  1. Replacement demand is the number of existing workers that are forecast to leave the occupation through retirement, moving into different industry or occupation or moving interstate etc. that require replacing to meet existing employment needs.





Occupation name


2011-12

employment total


Average annual employment needs to 2016-17


Overall employment growth to 2016-17

Truck Drivers


840

40

50

Food & Drink Factory Workers

470

40

80

Garden & Nursery Labourers

910

40

-30

Mixed Crop/Livestock Farmers

770

40

0

Forestry & Logging Workers

160

30

40

Agricultural Technicians

240

20

0

Structural Steel & Welding Trades

300

20

10

Metal Fitters & Machinists

460

20

50

Bookkeepers

910

20

-30

Packers

1,130

20

-70

Product Quality Controllers

290

20

-20

Deck and Fishing Hands

120

20

0


ANZSCO = Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. Note: most detailed level of information available is at the 4-digit ANZSCO level.

The small occupation of Turf Growers is included under the much wider category of Crop Farmers, and is therefore excluded.


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