A new report has found that the number of manufacturing jobs is on the decline in Australia.
A new study by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWF) has found manufacturing is now a low-paying occupation for almost half of all Australians.
The research, commissioned by the AFL, found that only 8 per cent of manufacturing workers had jobs that pay above $100,000 a year.
The AMWF also found that manufacturing has been the lowest-paying job for young people since the mid-2000s, with just under 10 per cent having jobs with a wage above $70,000.
The report was released at the end of last month.
The organisation’s national chief executive, Chris Williams, said the report shows that the industry was “struggling to keep pace with the changing needs of a world that increasingly demands more manufacturing”.
“This is a wake-up call for all Australians who are struggling to find a job in manufacturing,” Mr Williams said.
Mr Williams also said that there was a need to find new ways of attracting manufacturing talent to Australia. “
There is simply not enough jobs available.”
Mr Williams also said that there was a need to find new ways of attracting manufacturing talent to Australia.
He said it was “an industry with a significant workforce, but also a growing number of graduates who are not able to secure work”.
“We are seeing the cost of this problem growing,” he said.
‘Not enough jobs’ The AMF study, conducted in collaboration with research firm McKinsey, also found manufacturing had been the “most disadvantaged occupation in Australia since the 2000s”.
It found that nearly half of manufacturing graduates were not employed in a manufacturing job and the average wages of manufacturing industry workers were $80,000 less than their manufacturing peers.
Mr Williams says that while the manufacturing industry had been growing, there was “not enough jobs to go around”.
“Manufacturers are increasingly facing the reality of their business not being able to compete on the global stage,” he told the ABC.
“The need to create jobs in Australia’s manufacturing sector will only increase if the Government makes good on its promise of reducing unemployment and increasing opportunities for manufacturing graduates.”
The AMWU says there are about 8,500 manufacturing jobs in the country today, with the majority of them in the manufacturing of consumer goods and household goods.
The WA Government says it will introduce a package of measures to attract more manufacturing jobs.
“As a government, we have a responsibility to attract and retain manufacturing talent,” said Premier Colin Barnett.
“Our industrial strategy is one that will deliver on that promise, as we aim to increase employment and strengthen the industry.”
He said the Government would be “open to looking at ways” to increase manufacturing, but stressed the issue was not a political issue.
Mr Barnett said that while “it’s a tough job, it’s a lot easier than being a bricklayer”.
The Government has promised to introduce legislation to introduce a minimum wage for all workers over the age of 18 by 2020.