IT seems there’s nothing like a bit of profile when it comes to a skills shortage, if the response to Channel Nine’s most recent episode of current affair program 60 Minutes is anything to go by. Since the program aired on Sunday night, featuring WA’s booming mining-related employment market, the Small Business Development Corporation said it had received more than 300 calls to its ‘Go West Now’ help desk. To date, the ‘Go West Now’ campaign has brought almost 90,000 people to its website, with 4,900 skilled workers registering their interest in moving to WA. Up until Sunday’s program, 67 per cent of people contacting the SBDC indicated they planned to move to WA within six months. Of the inquiries, 59 per cent were from Victoria, 22 per cent from New South Wales and 3.6 per cent from fellow mining state, Queensland. Men were overwhelmingly more likely than women to contact the agency (77 per cent, compared with 33 per cent), while most people fell in the 21 to 30 years age bracket (38 per cent).
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