As we reopen and restart the ACT economy, attracting and retaining the skills and workers we need continues to be a major challenge. In June this year 75% of businesses surveyed by the Canberra Business Chamber needed to hire staff. But 85% said it was difficult or very difficult to find the people and skills they need.
Canberra businesses are ready to step up and play their part, but Canberra is one of the most expensive cities to employ people and one of the most costly to live.
As a business, do you have any suggestions or recommendations that you think will help address the challenges? Your views help improve our advocacy. Tell us what you think.Chief Minister Andrew Barr says Canberra businesses need to step up to attract workers to the ACT | The Canberra Times | Canberra, ACT
One of the biggest concerns I hear about from Canberra businesses is difficulty accessing staff.
The return of international students in 2022 should make a postive difference, but there's a much bigger and more complex challenge here.Businesses need assitance to find the right skills. Jobseekers need assistance in connecting with businesses, many of whom are small or medium-sized. And governments need to set policy frameworks that support businesses to get on with the task of creating jobs.
As well as a clear long term strategy that addresses these challenges, it's also the right time to consider how Canberra's value proposition is marketed nationally, and internationally.
We're a Smart City that's connected and creative. We've got Australia's top-ranked universities, we're a leader in innovation and we've been voted among the world's most liveable cities. It's time for a new narrative around the exceptional opportunities Canberra offers as a place not just to visit, but to live, work and build a career.
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