Opinion | Jobs for young people in focus| Dr Anthea Bill

ANALYSIS: Young people are often in part-time or casual employment.

ANALYSIS: Young people are often in part-time or casual employment.

Should young people prepare for a ‘job cluster’? That is the focus of the HRF Centre’s Hunter Economic breakfast in August.

The Hunter’s youth unemployment rate rose to 11.3 per cent in May, double our overall rate of 5.2 per cent. That illustrates how young people are often ‘on the margin’ - in part-time or casual employment, where they are easier to hire and let go. Relative to more experienced labour market participants, they tend to lack skills, qualifications and an employment history.

A way to provide youth with more resilience in the job market is suggested by a new analysis of job advertisements. Young people should aim to obtain skills for one of seven clusters of jobs rather than for one dream job.  

Learn more at the Hunter Economic breakfast from Maggie Hill of the Foundation for Young Australians. Local experts will explore implications for business and government. See: newcastle.edu.au/hrfc

Dr Anthea Bill, HRF Centre Lead Economist

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