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Where are the jobs for older workers?

Where are the jobs for older workers
Greg Goudie
Written by Greg Goudie

The latest Australian Jobs Review 2015 reported that there are around 9.1 million Australians aged 45 years or older. About 4.5 million are in employment, accounting for 39% of the Australian workforce.

In view of Australia’s ageing population, the participation of older workers is crucial to the labour market.

Mature age workers represent a significant proportion of employment in each industry. Even in the industry with the youngest age profile, Accommodation and Food Services, more than one in every five workers is aged 45 years or older.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing has the highest proportion of its workers aged 45 years or older (59%), followed by Education and Training and Transport, Postal and Warehousing (both 48%)

The five industries with the largest numbers of mature age workers are:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (634,000 or 14.0% of all mature age workers)
  • Education and Training (439,700 or 9.7%)
  • Manufacturing (398,500 or 8.8%)
  • Construction (370,000 or 8.1%)
  • Retail Trade (355,100 or 7.8%)

Workers aged 45 years or older are employed in all occupations. But where are the job opportunities? According to the report, the five occupations with the largest numbers of jobs for mature age workers are:

  • Sales Assistants, General (115,500)
  • Nurses, Registered (108,300)
  • Clerks, General (106,500)
  • Drivers, Truck (94,600)
  • Managers, Retail (89,700)

So if you are looking for a career change these would be the best ones to target. Remember these are National figures, so there may be variances in different States.

Source Australian Jobs publication 2015
Australian Government Department of Employment


About the author

Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie is the Executive Director of DOME and following many years in the automotive parts manufacturing sector, has worked with mature age unemployed for the past 15 years.

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