Information media and communications sector sheds jobs

Sector down by 9.9 per cent during the five years to November 2010

Employment in Australia’s information media and communications sector has taken a major hit during the past five years, according to new figures released by the Federal Government.

Detailing employment trends for the five years to November 2010 in its [[xref: |Australian Jobs report]], the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations said information media and telecommunications jobs had fallen some 9.9 per cent, or 23,7000 jobs to a total of 215,300 jobs.

According to the department, some 22 per cent of all jobs in the sector are located outside capital cities, while 20 per cent are part-time roles, 44 per cent of workers are female, and 31 per cent of all workers are aged 45 years or older.

The sector, which accounts for just two per cent of total Australian employment, was one of just two to have suffered falling employment during the past five years. Manufacturing, which accounts for nine per cent of all employment, fell 3.3 per cent shedding 33,800 jobs.

On the upside, the department projects growth in the sector to hit six per cent in the coming five years to 2015-16, or some 13,000 jobs.

The decline in employment can be partly explained by the department’s inclusion of newspaper, radio and internet publishing and broadcasting as well as telecommunication services under the broad information media and communications category.

“Over the five years to November 2010, employment fell by 23,700 (or 9.9 per cent),” the report reads.

“Over the next five years, employment is expected to increase by 13,000 (or 6.0 per cent), largely driven by growth in the telecommunications services sector.”

Discussing Australia’s recovery from the global financial crisis, the report said local labour market conditions have strengthened considerably since the height of the global recession and had been “particularly robust” over the past year.

The report notes employment has increased solidly, by 309,500 or 2.8 per cent between March 2010 and March 2011, with more than 90 per cent of total employment growth accounted for by full-time employment.

The national unemployment rate fell from 5.3 per cent to 4.9 per cent, while the participation rate has increased by 0.5 percentage points over the year to stand at a “near record high” of 65.8 per cent in March 2011.

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