Friday, 23 September 2016 16:58

Jobs report gives insight

Residents commute from Western Sydney train station. Residents commute from Western Sydney train station.

The Greater Western Sydney jobs deficit report has confirmed the need for a dedicated, strategic approach to jobs and economic development in the region says the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

Commissioned by WSROC, the report identifies jobs deficits and surpluses across the region by comparing the resident workforce with jobs available at the local, sub-regional and regional level.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “The report isn’t about highlighting specific local deficits, but understanding how the region works together as a whole.

“Studying the Western Sydney jobs market at both the local and regional level is important if we are to intelligently build local economies, and plan appropriate public transport for Western Sydney commuters,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“For example, a local deficit may not be an issue if there are jobs in a neighbouring LGA and good transport links to that area. The problem occurs when there are major deficits within a region, and poor links between where people live and where they work,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“As a whole, Western Sydney’s greatest industry deficits were in the financial and insurance sector (28,000 deficit), closely followed by the professional, scientific and technical services sector (22,000 deficit).

“This deficit in ‘knowledge jobs’ is something that has been well identified and will take time and a dedicated approach to address,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“At the sub-regional level, the report found that Western Sydney’s outer-ring LGAs had the lowest ratio of jobs per employed resident (0.69), with the greatest deficits in education, wholesale trade, construction and manufacturing.

“Despite having a wealth of employment opportunities in the wholesale trade, education and utility sectors, Blacktown was found to have significant jobs deficits in key knowledge industries compared to its resident workforce.

“Strong transport links to neighbouring Parramatta go some way to addressing this deficit, however it is also part of a greater regional deficit,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

The need to support inter-regional transport was also highlighted in the report.

“Job-rich LGAs such as Parramatta and Cumberland, are a common the destination for Western Sydney commuters travelling north from LGAs such as Fairfield, Liverpool and Campbelltown, or east along the Western rail line.

“A large number of workers from Blacktown, Parramatta and Cumberland, also travel north to high-tech employment hubs in The Hills, Ryde and North Sydney, highlighting the need for stronger cross-regional transport.

“WSROC is currently working with the NSW Government, NSW Business Chamber, The Committee for Sydney and Western Sydney University to develop a regional approach to the economic development of Western Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

The Western Sydney Jobs and Public Transport Deficit report (PDF, 2.56 MB).


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