Less sheet-metal workers more baristas and PAs

A FEDERAL Government investigation into government spending, its public service has been told that while jobs were disappearing from the Australia's prized manufacturing centre, population growth and "lifestyle preferences" were driving new and nimbler industries.

Demographer Bernard Salt said that between 2006 and 2011, census data showed baristas to be among the fastest growing jobs in the economy, up 13,000 positions.

"We might be losing sheet-metal workers and secretaries but we are gaining baristas and personal assistants," he said.

He said changing work practices, new technology and globalisation have were changing the landscape for workers.

Immigration and a high-birth rate could build jobs in the near term, but he said it wasn't clear if that was enough to offset the losses now occurring in some of our major heavy industries.

Meanwhile the Community and Public Sector Union is asking the Commission not to go beyond cuts already made and promised by the Coalition Government.

In its submission, the CPSU warned job losses and budget constraints were already having an impact on departments including Human Services which covers Centrelink, Customs, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Agriculture.

The Commission was announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey within a month of the Coalition being elected.


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