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Australia: Skills shortage will return soon

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Mon Jul 27 2009

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(From Australian IT) Skilled workers will soon be in short supply even if overall unemployment continues to rise, a report says.

The Clarius skills index report for the June quarter shows that while skilled job seekers are still struggling to find work, unemployment among the qualified is falling.

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Information technology, engineering and accounting professionals are expected to be in short supply within the coming year as firms struggle to find suitably qualified candidates.

About 37,000 qualified candidates were unsuccessful at getting a job in the June quarter, compared with 14,000 previously.

But a closer look at the figures, based on official employment data, showed 124,800 professionals were unemployed in the three months to June 30, compared with 133,700 in the first three months of 2009.

The March quarter's skilled unemployment tally was the worst since 2001.

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