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Construction, health jobs grow in Adelaide’s west, ABS Labour Force Data figures show

The construction and healthcare industries are leading jobs growth in the western suburbs.

The latest ABS Labour Force Data figures shows the western workforce has grown by 7.6 per cent from 99,600 in May 2008 to 107,200 in May 2013.

The Construction industry had the largest growth in the western area, which spans the Charles Sturt, West Torrens and Port Adelaide Enfield districts, with 3000 jobs created in the past five years.

The number of people working in health care and social assistance, which includes counselling and aged care jobs, jumped by 2100 in five years to 13,900 – making it the west’s biggest employer.

Their growth was followed by the professional, scientific and technical services sector. As of May, 7200 were employed in the industry, up from 5700 in May 2008.

West Torrens Mayor John Trainer said many companies looked to the west because rental prices were lower than the CBD and the location was convenient too.

“A significant number of health bodies have their head office in west, like Arthritis SA and the Colostomy Association of SA, and we have also had some major health and aged care developments,” Mr Trainer said.

He said The Thebarton bioscience precinct was responsible for the growth in jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services.

“The whole precinct is always growing and it’s going to continue to grow – it’s a real asset,” he said.

David Cockram, CEO of Welland-based employment agency Maxima, said the health industry was growing because of the ageing population and new health and aged care centres in the west were bolstering employment.

“There is little doubt the health sector offers promising job and career prospects for those looking to enter the labour market or change careers over the next five to 10 years,” Mr Cockram.

“There are a significant number of large aged care residential facilities opening in the western suburbs, which will offer a wide range of employment options from entry level to advanced and managerial opportunities.”

Andrew Worrall, CEO chief executive of non-profit job employment agency Western Futures, said a construction boom in the west, including developments at Centro Arndale, St Clair and West Lakes Westfield, had helped to boosted local construction jobs, – a trend he said and this would continue.

“There’s so much work improving infrastructure that has been done and is still to come around schools, housing developments, hospitals and aged care homes in the west,” Mr Worrall he said.

“The construction industry offers a lot of opportunities and more and more people are looking to capitalise on that.”

Manufacturing in the west also defied a state-wide decline, with jobs growing by 500 to 10,600over the past five years. Mr Worrall said smaller businesses in the west had kept the industry a float.

“We went through the really hard times when Holden left Woodville and white goods manufacturing left but we’ve been resilient because small to medium enterprises have been picking up the slack,” he said.

“It’s the small companies with five to 10 employees that are employing and picking up contracts.”

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