Australia could face a shortfall of 1.4 million
workers by 2025, according to a new report.
The Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (VECCI) is presenting its "Workplace Futures Report" to a
summit in Melbourne today.
VECCI says the nation's ageing population will
impact on skills and older Australians need to be encouraged into
the work force.
Spokesman Andrew Rimington says older workers need
more flexible options.
"We have seen, for instance, the level of work
force participation rate of the aged 55 to 59 age group over the
last year increase to a record level during a time of economic
downturn," he said.
"The increase of older workers in the work force
does create consideration of issues around job re-design and
flexible practice, shorter working hours perhaps, part time
The VECCI report says Victorian employers could
face a shortfall of about 440,000.
The report says Victoria's population will reach
to 6.7 million in 15 years, but work force growth will decline,
because of the ageing population.
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