Skills shortage impacting business events

New industry survey finds skills gaps are heavily impacting the sector

The survey was coordinated by Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB) and the Exhibition and Events Association of Australia (EEAA).

Half of the survey respondents said the current skills shortage affects their organisation’s ability to recruit high calibre events professionals. The survey found this is primarily driven by a lack of candidate experience, high salary expectations and an overall shortage of candidates.

MEA chair Anne Jamieson said the survey provides an opportunity to assess the current industry situation and to plan for the future.

“This survey, which has been the first of its kind into the Australian business events sector, has provided valuable data that will assist MEA to develop improved education programs that upskill the current workforce and to attract more workers to events industry,” she said.

“This is of particular importance at the operational level, which has been identified as an area where skills gaps are most prominent.”

EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio said the insights will help drive the industry forward.

“It is very pleasing to see the support this survey received from our industry, which has provided us with a great opportunity to work together for the betterment of our Members and the business events sector,” she said.

AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl said the AACB looks forward to working with the industry to remedy the skills shortages impacting the sector.

“Through this research, we aim to drive positive policy decisions of governments in favour of an industry that contributes around $30 billion to the Australian economy each year,” he said. “To maintain Australia’s competitive advantage internationally, we must continue to lead with the professionalism of our workforce.”