TWO thirds of Tweed and Gold Coast employers are having trouble recruiting new staff, and bosses don't expect the problem to go away soon.
The Federal Employment and Workplace Relations Department surveyed 424 Tweed and Gold Coast businesses in eight key industries manufacturing, construction, retail, accommodation, hospitality, transport, property and health.
Employers provided information on unfilled vacancies, the quality of applicants for their most recent%vacancy and their future employment expectations.
The survey found about one-third of the Tweed/Gold Coast adult working population is approaching retirement. Sixty seven per cent of employers had recruited or attempted to recruit within the past year and of those, 66 per cent reported that recruitment was difficult, with seven per cent of vacancies unfilled.
Fifty nine per cent of recruiting employers anticipated trouble%securing staff over the next year.
Acting Executive Dean of Southern Cross University's Faculty of Business and Law, Professor%Michael Evans, said: "These trends will impact across the whole labour market and exacerbate existing skills shortages in sales and%marketing, management and%accounting.
"We expect to see high demand for graduate education programs that equip people to fill vacancies in those high-demand areas. "I also expect we will see more%people changing careers mid-stream as they move to jobs that are in more demand or pay more."
A leading workforce analyst,%Assistant Secretary of the Labour Supply and Skills Branch in the federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Ivan%Neville, will present the labour market research findings and discuss what steps employers can take at a workshop on September 18 at the SCU Tweed campus.
The workshop will start at 6pm. Bookings can be made by phoning ( 07) 5506 9328. The labour market survey findings come as the Coolangatta Hotel announced it was looking for new staff.
The landmark pub is halfway through a $6 million refurbishment and is now hiring hospitality positions for the peak summer season.
There are vacancies for a food and beverage manager, duty manager, gaming supervisor, and bar and gaming attendants.