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Growth Slow In ITC Oz Count

The widely held impression that the information and telecommunications industries are booming and rapidly building staff numbers received a setback at the weekend when the Australian Bureau of Statistics published its latest Australian Industry Report.

The report found that in the year to June 2016 the industries boosted numbers just 1.2 percent to 170,000, up from 168,000 in the previous year.

The professional, scientific and technical services industry – which presumably may include quite a number of workers more generally seen as ITC hands – reported a 1.4pc rise in numbers to 973,000,

Both were dwarfed by retail trade numbers, up 2 percent to 13 million; and healthcare, up 3 percent to 1.1 million. Mining and manufacturing were two of the few industrials showing a contraction in employee numbers – mining down 8.4pc to 163,000; and manufacturing contracting 1.9pc to 838,000.

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