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ALIA trend report: more jobs for librarians by 2022

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has published its fourth annual Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report, which forecasts a modest increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years.

The report also forecasts a significant decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification.

The Department of Employment predicts in May 2022 there will have been a 15.6% employment rise for librarians, a relatively stable number of library technician positions and a drop of 13% for library assistant positions. This is despite the report showing over the five years from November 2010 to November 2015, there were 43.5% fewer librarian positions in the workforce; 16.3% fewer technician positions, and 12.4% fewer library assistant positions.

ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said that ‘after five years of decline, the job prospects for librarians are picking up’.  ‘We won’t see the entire increase coming through immediately, but there should be good news for qualified professionals seeking new positions over the next five years,’ said McKerracher.


Category: Library news