by Charis Chang news.com.au
IT CAN be difficult to find a job but the type of position you are willing to consider can sometimes make a big difference.
Online employment site Indeed has analysed its database of more than 170,000 Australian job listings and identified the postings that have remained unfilled for 60 days or more.
These jobs are the ones employers find hardest to fill and give jobseekers an insight into where the gaps in the market are.
Hospitality positions top the list with 70 per cent of the jobs listed for 'crew members' and 'shift managers' remaining unfilled after 60 days.
These jobs typically include positions for kitchen hands, wait staff, event management crews/teams, restaurant crews, resort staff, fast food crews and hotel crews for room service, cleaning and valet duties.
Shift managers include those working in hospitality but also in factories. These areas have large numbers of available positions and a high turnover of staff.
Rounding out the top four include jobs for pizza cooks and beauticians.
In recent years, tourism industry leaders have been trying to change people's perceptions of hospitality work in the hope of avoiding a skills shortage as the sector continues its rapid growth.
"It's a full-time career that can be as lucrative and opportunistic as being a lawyer or accountant," Tourism Australia Managing Director John O'Sullivan said.
"It's a sector that can accommodate a lot of professions and demands a great diversity of skills."
This may have become a more difficult task after the Fair Work Commission agreed this year to slash Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for hospitality, restaurant, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers.
Indeed Australia-New Zealand managing director Chris McDonald said the area of personal services, including beauty and massage therapist jobs, were a significant and growing part of the Australian economy which meant this was fertile ground for job seekers.
But tradespeople were also in demand with jobs for glaziers, who fit glass into windows and doors, the fifth hardest position to fill. Forty-Five per cent of these positions remain unfilled after 60 days.
On average tradespeople earn between $60,000-70,000, but can earn considerably more in senior roles.
Other trades in the top 20 include plasterers (41 per cent), carpenters (40 per cent), panel beaters (39 per cent), cabinet makers (37 per cent) and plumbers (36 per cent) and electricians (35 per cent).
"The fact that a range of trades remain sought-after by employers shows they remain a viable career pathway for those young people considering their future prospects," Mr McDonald said.
Among those jobs which require a degree qualification, roles for veterinarians proved the most difficult to fill, with 38 per cent of positions still open after 60 days, followed by general medical practitioners (31 per cent).
TOP 20 HARDEST POSITIONS TO FILL
1. Crew member
2. Shift manager
3. Pizza cook
6. Massage therapist
10. Hair stylist
11. Panel beater
13. Shop assistant
16. Cabinet maker
19. Maintenance electrician
20. Air conditioning engineer
But it seems if you are a librarian looking for work, you are out of luck. This job is one of the positions that are quickly snapped up.
Just 4 per cent of librarian positions remained open after 60 days, equal with fellowship positions. They were followed by event co-ordinators, lecturers, parking officers, ward clerks, care co-ordinators, classroom teachers, editors and personal bankers, which all had less than 10 per cent of positions still open.
In terms of national job hot spots, Indeed's data suggests employers in Melbourne's northern suburbs are struggling the most to find workers, with more than 30 per cent of positions overall left unfilled after 60 days, followed by Melbourne's eastern suburbs (29 per cent), Western Sydney (27 per cent) and the Sydney CBD (25 per cent).
Mr McDonald said the data confirmed that medical professionals, including GPs, remain in strong demand in many parts of the country even though the position did not appear in the top 20.
"We are finding that there are some serious mismatches between positions and available talent with many communities crying out for medical professionals," he said.
According to Indeed, GPs, along with emergency medicine physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses, radiologists and sonographers are key areas where nationally there are significant mismatches between the number of actual roles and available talent in the favour of job seekers. For example there is more than eight times the employer demand for GPs compared to job seeker interest (as measured by clicks on jobs).
Medical professionals are among the highest paid with GPs earning around $255,000 on average and radiologists $183,000.