The research, conducted by KPMG Econtech for specialist employment services group Clarius, forecasts the Australian unemployment to reach 6.1% by mid-2010. Oversupply of skilled workers could be between 35,000 and 50,000.
Australian federal government expects unemployment to rise to 7% by mid next year (2010) from 4.8% in February 2009.
The demand is uneven across industries. In the December quarter last year there was 39,000 unfilled professional positions in building and engineering, accounting and auditing, healthcare and computing and 60,000 in trades such as construction, automotive trades and metalworkers..