In the Cessnock and Hunter Valley finance industry, both current and future need was indicated for Bookkeepers and Accountants.
Accountants require a bachelor’s degree or higher level of qualification and professional accreditation. As a profession, Accountants are predicted to experience 6.9% growth nationally over the next 5 years to 2022. There is a national shortage of Accountants, and in NSW Accountant is ranked No.2 in terms of skills in demand occupations. In the absence of a specific strategy, Cessnock LGA will face major challenges attracting staff in these occupations now and in the future.
As an occupation, Bookkeepers are predicted to experience negative (-3.2%) growth nationally over the next 5 years to 2022. Nationally, this is not a skill in demand occupation, local demand could however be explained by the shortage of Accountants.
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See also: Hunter Valley Jobs of the Future