Latest data puts paid to no-job myth

TAMWORTH and Armidale are booming with job prospects across a diverse range of sectors, new data has revealed.

The research released earlier this week by the Evocities project showed doctors, nurses, tradies and teachers are in strong demand across regional NSW. 

The data, collected over three years via EvoJobs, an online portal that connects job seekers, employers and employment agencies in the seven Evocities – Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga – has recorded more than13,000 vacancies since September, 2010.

Of these, healthcare employees are the most sought after in regional NSW, representing 17 per cent of jobs advertised, followed by trade services (15 per cent), education (14 per cent) and community welfare (9 per cent). Evocities spokesperson James Treloar said it was promising to see so many job opportunities across the Evocities, putting to bed the myth that quality careers failed to exist outside capital cities.

“We know through our research that one in four Sydneysiders would consider a move to an Evocity, chasing the lure of less traffic, a great lifestyle, affordable real estate and a welcoming community in which to raise a family,” he said.

“Holding many people back from making the move is a misguided perception that quality jobs don’t exist in regional areas.

“We know that 330 new jobs are being posted every week across our seven cities, the majority of which receive fewer applications than Sydney job vacancies, presenting an exciting opportunity for jobseekers.”

Since the major campaign encouraging Sydneysiders to live in rural NSW launched in 2010, nearly 1300 households have relocated to one of the seven cities, and the EvoJobs website has attracted over 750,000 visits.

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