Surge in professional jobs as resources boom continues

The number of professional jobs increased strongly by 6.2% in Queensland over 2011 according to the latest ABS labour force data, as reported in an information brief from OESR yesterday. The growth in professional jobs accounted for all of the employment growth in Queensland in 2011, with gains and losses from other sectors offsetting each other:

I expect the strong growth in professional jobs is related to the resources sector, which is having significant spillover impacts on professional services in Brisbane and other major centres (including, fortunately, on the demand for economic consultants).

See my previous post That sure is a mining boom for further discussion of these spillover impacts.

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