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54% Australians worried over job security

January 29, 2009 10:13 IST

The global economic crisis has left over half of the Australians worried about their jobs, with one in three planning to acquire further training and education to make themselves more employable, a study has said.

An online survey by private tertiary education provider 'Think: Education Group' found that 54 per cent of the respondents in its survey were concerned about job security and one third of them were looking for further training and education to become more eligible for employment.

However, the research found more than half (53 per cent) of the respondents felt they lacked time to study or train.

The study also found that over 26 per cent of the people surveyed gave earning money as their top career-related resolutions for 2009 with over 18 per cent desiring to get promotion.

Over 17 per cent of them wanted to get a new job and nine per cent wanted to keep their current job, said Malcolm Kinns of the 'Think: Education Group'.

The survey showed flexible learning, such as online and part-time study, was likely to become more popular as economic conditions worsened, media reports said.

"The more experience and qualifications a person has, the more valuable they are to an employer," Kinns said adding, "but finding the time to study can be very difficult, particularly for regional Australians who may feel they have to move to big cities to further their education."

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