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Pressure builds on jobs, skills shortage

Pressure builds on jobs, skills shortage

With employers warning of labour shortages while the country’s borders are closed, the government is under pressure to do more to help people who have been out of work for at least 12 months.

  • by David Estcourt and Daniella White

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Spending splurge to create 250,000 jobs in two years, more money for aged care and mental health

Spending splurge to create 250,000 jobs in two years, more money for aged care and mental health

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is spending $74.6 billion in two years to create more than 250,000 jobs using income tax cuts, business tax breaks and a mammoth outlay on social services.

  • by David Crowe
Employers given $1.5 billion in wage subsidies to create another 100,000 apprenticeships

Employers given $1.5 billion in wage subsidies to create another 100,000 apprenticeships

The scheme has been a key plank of the federal government’s plan to avoid a pandemic-induced youth unemployment crisis.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Medical manufacturers first to cash in on tax relief for creating 280 NSW jobs

Medical manufacturers first to cash in on tax relief for creating 280 NSW jobs

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the $250 million program in November last year to lure domestic and international businesses to move their headquarters to NSW and create at least 30 new jobs.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Intensive support: Budget to offer to retrain Australians in new skills

Intensive support: Budget to offer to retrain Australians in new skills

Australians will be offered “intensive support” to retrain for the economic recovery in a sweeping skills package that will tell young people to sign up for new skills.

  • by David Crowe
Dole numbers fall even as JobKeeper ends

Dole numbers fall even as JobKeeper ends

Economists feared a drop in employment with the end of the JobKeeper subsidy, but the number of people needing support has actually fallen.

  • by Shane Wright
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Spending to be targeted as jobs boom delivers more to bottom line than iron ore

Spending to be targeted as jobs boom delivers more to bottom line than iron ore

The surge in jobs will add more to the budget than soaring iron ore prices, but Josh Frydenberg hosed down talk of new stimulus, promising structural spending in aged care and mental health.

  • by David Crowe
Going for gold: RBA urges government to go faster, higher, stronger

Going for gold: RBA urges government to go faster, higher, stronger

Ahead of the federal budget, the Reserve Bank has urged the government to adopt the Olympic motto of citius, altius, fortius.

  • by Shane Wright
Huge problem: Immigrants are not taking our jobs

Huge problem: Immigrants are not taking our jobs

Like most anti-immigrant rhetoric, ‘they took our jobs’ is high on fear but low on fact.

  • by Jan Fran
Now we’re trying Plan C to end wage stagnation

Now we’re trying Plan C to end wage stagnation

We’ve tried waiting for wages to grow and we’ve tried thinking of how to improve productivity, now we’re looking at engineering labour shortages to see if lifts stubbornly low wage growth.

  • by Ross Gittins
A $98 billion budget improvement but debt and deficit still ahead

A $98 billion budget improvement but debt and deficit still ahead

Deloitte Access Economics believes the budget has improved by almost $100 billion since the mid-year update while workers are increasingly optimistic.

  • by Shane Wright