Is there a Skills Shortage?
Today I popped into one of the hospital’s here in Canberra to visit my father in law and I heard that they were short staffed. I have worked in Children Services and Aged Care and hear that there is a lack of qualified staff there too. There is talk in rural areas that there is a lack of professionals. There is even an Australian Government website listing the professionals for which there is a skills shortage (http://deewr.gov.au/occupational-skill-shortages-information-0).
I was thinking today two thoughts…
- Firstly, how are we actually keeping schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, etc open with the skills shortage and what does the future look like?
- The second thought was that we are always talking about how we are losing jobs to technology and outsourcing overseas. Is this really the case? And why do we still have a skills shortage?
I am sure there or economists and also workforce planners outside there that will be answer and model these questions and why we are where we are. So, future wise it seems that we either will have a drop in service due to a lack of staff, we will have to pay more for the services that we receive, there will need to be a population policy to match our skill shortage needs or technology will help us to bridge the gap.
I am curious about this topic and have some questions for you:
- Is there a skills shortage in your area? What area are you in?
- What is being done about skill shortages in your area?
- What do you think the future will hold?
Posted on Sunday, 05 May 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Business, Entrepreneurship, Future, Job, Leadership, Management, Professional, Skills, Workforce, Workforce Planning. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.