Waiters and chefs among top 10 jobs to be in most demand in next five years

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According to the 2019 Australian Jobs report, waiters and chefs are among the top 10 projected most in-demand jobs for the next five years.

Topping the list is aged and disabled carers, then nurses, child carers, software and applications programmers, waiters, education aids, chefs, primary school teachers, kitchen hands and advertising, publishing and sales mangers. 

Across Australia, as of November 2018 the accommodation and food services industries employed 900,100 workers. That number is expected to grow by nine per cent.

This rate is above the national predicted average of 7.1 per cent growth, but below the industry’s growth in the last five years between 2013 and 2018 at 16.4 per cent, or 127,000 jobs. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway services are expected to grow the most, by 11.9 per cent in the next five years. 

Accommodation and food services is the seventh largest employment industry in the country, with 60 per cent of the workforce employed part time. 

The top employing occupation within industry is waiters with a documented 129,500 nationwide. Next is kitchenhands, bar attendants and baristas, and chefs.

A case study on hospitality workers cited in the report, shows that employers within the foodservice industry are looking to hire people who show skills like multi-tasking, and work area maintenance, as well as personal skills like displaying a positive disposition, and being energetic. 

Within the foodservice industry, 45 per cent aged between 15 and 24, and 55 per cent have no post-school qualifications. 

Higher-skilled jobs are increasingly in demand across all industries. Over the past two decades, there has been a significant shift away from medium-skill jobs towards higher-skill jobs, the report stated. 

“One explanation for this is that the increasing use of technology has led to the automation of routine tasks which, whether mental or physical, were previously the domain of medium-skill workers. Meanwhile, technology may complement the type of non-routine knowledge-based work undertaken by higher-skill workers, improving their productivity and hence the demand for such workers.”

One recent study found that, on average across 21 OECD countries, around nine per cent of jobs face a high risk of automation.