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Public sector employment continues to grow, as it has done for years. This sector is mainly a solid performer, although rarely
a very strong performer in terms of growth, the exceptions being the Defence build-up in 2002 and the overall response to the
GFC. At the national level, jobs are growing at a good pace, reaching 3.4% for the year ended February 2011. Both full time and
part time jobs are growing strongly, with full time jobs up 2.7%, and part time positions growing 6.9%. This sector has a below
average share of part time employees.
At Federal Government level, jobs are growing at a modest 1.6%, after a year of decline. State Governments administrations
have been the big growers of jobs, with employment up more than 10% across the year. Local Government administration is also
showing very modest growth (0.4%). This segment really got a boost from the GFC when employees recognised the job security
and fexible working arrangements that Local Government can offer.
At the state level, NSW has been reducing numbers as it continues to tighten its belt, and with a recent change of government,
that is likely to continue. Already the new Premier, Barry O’Farrell, has mooted job and service cuts to alleviate the expected
budget shortfall. In SA, Queensland and Victoria, government spending programs are supporting growth. WA had made
cutbacks, but now as the economy in that state is growing again, jobs are also growing in the Government Sector as well.
Overall, job vacancies in this sector are growing and are now higher than they were prior to the GFC, with specialised areas
increasingly fnding it diffcult to attract highly skilled personnel as they have to compete on wages and conditions with the
private sector. Already vacancies are at high levels and the sector model is forecasting growth of 1.7% by the end of the year.
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Another steady performance of jobs growth is forecast for this sector
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