Watchmaker jobs in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will swell to more than 100,000 this year, from 40,000 in 2019, as the sector becomes more mature and technology continues to expand, according to the WatchMaker jobs page on the job site.
The jobs posting includes the creation of over 1,000 jobs in the Watchmaker Arts and Crafts industry and the creation or acquisition of over 250 WatchMaker apprenticeships.
Watchmaker jobs have grown at about a quarter the rate of Australia’s population since 2007, according the latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics.
With the industry’s growth expected to continue, WatchMaker is expected to add about 1,200 jobs to the economy in 2020.
New Zealand has seen its WatchMaker workforce increase to around 100,500, while Australia’s is around 30,000, according figures from ABS data.
A spokesperson for the Watchmakers’ Council of Australia, which represents more than 70 of the industry´s 30,400 members, said Watchmaker apprenticeships in New Zealand had seen a significant increase in numbers and the apprenticeship sector is growing quickly.
In 2019, Watchmaker job seekers had a median salary of $75,000.
While there were no specific job openings for WatchMaker Australia, the Council of Australian Watchmakers said the organisation had been working with the Watch Maker Industry Development Centre (WMADC) and the WatchMAKER Australia Advisory Group (WAASAG) to develop apprenticeships for the industry.
WAASEG CEO, Tanya O’Connor said WatchMaker was keen to expand apprenticeships across Australia, and she hoped the industry would continue to develop in other areas.
“WatchMaker is looking to further diversify its workforce to support its growth, including opportunities for Watch Maker graduates and apprentices,” Ms O’Conner said.
She said the WAASEG’s goal was to create more apprenticeships over time, with apprenticeships supporting businesses in both the tourism and manufacturing industries.
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“We are committed to working with WatchMaker and the industry as it matures to make sure the industry can deliver on its vision of being a sustainable, global manufacturing hub,” Ms Kildall said.
The WAASOG said the growth of WatchMaker would continue even after 2020, with the industry expected to grow at an annualised rate of about 2.5 per cent per annum.
It also said the Watch Masterwork sector in Australia was expected to have a 10-year impact on employment, with about 30,600 workers and apprenticeships being created.
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Mr Kirby said the sector had been in a steady growth trajectory since the turn of the century.
He said while the watch market was still growing at a modest rate, it had taken a while to catch up to other industries, including electronics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and banking.
Under Mr Kirby’s leadership, the WABA has helped drive a number of innovations in the watch manufacturing sector including the creation and development of the world´s first wristwatch, the WatchMaster.
His vision for the sector, which he said had been incubated in the WABIO, included the development of a watch that was not only aesthetically pleasing, but also that was smart.
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