Year-long wait for qualified job seekers

SOME qualified job seekers have to wait nearly a year to find employment within their industry, according to a Bendigo employment agency.

Drake International private employment agency team leader Lucinda Gamboni said she was not surprised by new data that indicated Bendigo was the hardest city in the country in which to find work.

Research by jobs website Adzuna reveals there are 32 applicants for every job vacancy in Bendigo.

“The market is hard at the moment,” Ms Gamboni said.

“I went to a seminar that was conducted back a few months ago and they basically advised the average wait for a qualified and experienced person to get into employment in their industry was 11 months and that’s within the Bendigo and surrounding areas.

“So that’s for your qualified, experienced person whether that be trades or accountants or anyone who’s qualified, who’s done a diploma or degree or something who’s trying to get employment in that industry.

“I’ve had fully qualified people for human resources or accounting doing stock takes and things for us.

“So there’s a lot of people looking for work that are really qualified which is making it even harder for your people that have life experience but not a qualification or the education behind them.”

When the Bendigo Advertiser spoke to people around town yesterday, most people said it was difficult to find work in Bendigo.

Anthony Wood from Eaglehawk is a concreter who’s been out of work since 2011.

“It is hard to find work in Bendigo at the moment,” he said.

“In my case I’ve got a broken back so there’s not many people who are going to hire me anyway.

“I was a concreter until I had my accident, which was in 2011.

“I’m fully healed but no one will employ me because of that risk.

“It’s really frustrating.”

Norman Varker from Bendigo said his 42-year-old son was finding it tough to compete with younger job seekers.

“I’m retired but I just know that my son’s been out of work for four months now and can’t get a job,” he said. “He’s tried everything.”

But it’s not all bad, according to a CVGT Australia spokesman.

“We’re excited by some of the future opportunities in the region such as the construction of the new Bendigo Hospital which will provide a welcome boost to construction and allied industries, to retail and the health sector,” he said.

“Unemployment’s relatively low in Bendigo but we’re finding there’s still a strong desire for workers among our employers… we’re still finding that we’re getting demand for workers from our employers.”

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