Tourism to employ 13,000 new WA workers by 2020

5 November 2015

Tourism will grow as a major employer for Western Australians over the next five years, with close to 13,000 new workers needed in the industry by 2020.

The Australia Tourism Labour Force Report: 2015 – 2020, released by Austrade late yesterday, shows 12,964 workers will be needed in the WA tourism industry by 2020, including more than 5,800 skilled workers.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said while the potential growth was good for Western Australia, the State must capture the Australia-wide boom in tourism to realise the employment opportunity.

“This growth in the number of new workers needed in tourism in Western Australia has the potential to replace losses which come from other industries such as mining,” Mr Hall said.

“This job figure will be driven by increased visitors from international markets – but Western Australia must maintain its market share to receive the full benefit, which requires both consistent and effective marketing.”

With the figure of 13,000 new workers split almost evenly between skilled and unskilled workers, the growth will create opportunities for both entry-level and skilled workers. The main areas of shortages were found to be among the roles of cleaners, chefs and maintenance workers.

“Many of these new opportunities will come from more than 2,000 hotel rooms which are due for completion over the next few years – this will create jobs for cleaners, hospitality staff and maintenance workers, among many others,” Mr Hall said.

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