OUR SAY: The changing face of Orange's workforce is a healthy response

IT is no surprise the seven regional cities involved in the Evocities campaign demand healthcare workers above any other profession.

Orange is no doubt one of the lucky ones.

While other regional areas struggle to attract healthcare workers, the quality and reputation of Orange Health Service would be a massive drawcard for would-be residents working in the industry.

Other key industries where the cities demand workers were also unsurprising with trades, education and community welfare dominating the job vacancies on the Evocities’ EvoJobs website over the past three years.

What is of more interest is the jobs prospective residents want and the skills and experience they offer.

The industry most in demand from job-seekers was manufacturing, which is somewhat worrying in the current jobs climate for Orange and our closest neighbouring Evocity Bathurst, which are both shedding jobs.

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Although the closure of Electrolux is two years away, Orange is already looking away from manufacturing.

Job-seekers were also looking for work in local government, retail, hospitality and call centres, according to the EvoJobs data.

Retail was one area Orange City Council general manager Garry Styles described as a cluster area for jobs, at a jobs summit last month, but the city’s other major industries, healthcare, aged care, public administration, education and training, professional consultation and science are not on the radar of job-seekers wanting to move to an Evocity. 

Mining was also unsurprisingly identified as a cluster area for jobs in Orange, yet does not appear to be in demand from prospective workers.

Although the lists of demand do not appear to match up, hopefully the efforts to expand the jobs market in the lead-up to Electrolux’s closure will bring forward new opportunities to change the face of the Orange workforce for the better.

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