MORE than 2200 job vacancies were advertised in the district in October - providing a solid argument for people chasing work to move to the North Coast.
The biggest local job opportunities presented in the following areas:
Professionals (550 vacancies) - medical practitioners and nurses, health and business finance.
Clerical and Admin (334) - clerks, call centre workers and receptionists.
Community and Personal (327) - carers and aides.
Professional jobs seekers looking for a 'tree-change' should explore work opportunities in regional NSW, with the First State now boasting the most vacancies in this sector across the country.
Regional Australia Institute (RAI) co-CEO Dr Kim Houghton said new figures show there were more than 12,800 jobs advertised in October in regional NSW - and one-in-fourare professional roles.
"Across the nine areas in regional NSW, there were more than 3630 professional jobs on offer. These roles include doctors, nurses, finance workers, human resource managers, engineers, educational professionals, and sales and marketing managers," Dr Houghton said.
"Despite the fact that many areas in NSW are enduring the worst drought in history, these new figures show there are still some fantastic work prospects."
North Coast snapshot:
By 2056, Greater Sydney is expected to double in size to more than seven million people. However, regional centres will increase by just 46 per cent - despite job vacancy rates in regional areas outstripping the capital cities.
"Regional NSW is changing, and with that comes boundless opportunities to re-think what it will look like, and how we want to shape our country as a whole. Today is about fostering that conversation," RAI co-CEO Liz Ritchie said.
Regions with the greatest projected increase in jobs to May 2022 are:
Today, the RAI will host Deputy Premier John Barilaro, as well as senior industry leaders and regional stakeholders in Sydney as part of its national roadshow, Regions Rising 2019 - with population, migration and jobs on the agenda.
Ms Ritchie said the RAI report, Regional Population Growth - Are we Ready? raises key issues about the future of regional NSW.
"Our report tests the economic consequences relating to incomes if we change the national population trajectory we are on and move to a higher regional growth scenario. This means pulling policy levers to encourage people to take up work opportunities in regional NSW," she said.