Australia's most wanted jobs: tech heads, health staff and plumbers

WITH people's hangovers and 2013 well and truly over, millions of Australians will be returning on Monday to jobs they hate

WITH people's hangovers and 2013 well and truly over, millions of Australians will be returning on Monday to jobs they hate.

Whether it is a bad boss, corrosive colleagues, boredom, stress or an epic commute, finding a new job is one of the top ten New Years resolutions.

"It's often you see people who are very well paid are seeking a career change because they are not satisfied," Broadspring Consulting director and HR expert Pam Macdonald said.

"I don't care how many zeros are at the end of your pay packet; if you're not satisfied and not enjoying it then it's not going to be good for you or your career. When it comes to making New Years resolutions, changing jobs is probably in the top 10."

Despite the unemployment rate expected to hit 6.25 per cent in 2014-2015, according to the Midyear Economic and Fiscal Outlook, there will be more than 1 million people changing jobs this year.

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Plumbing Trades Employees Union Paddy McCrudden has little sympathy for plumbers out of work.

"If you are unemployed as a plumber in Australia there must be something wrong; you've either got a bad work ethic or are charging too much," he says.

"There is always work out there for a plumber."

Mr McCrudden said plumbers are fast becoming the dad's army of the Australian workforce, with an average age of 55 (the workforce average is 39).

He also estimates one in ten plumbers are foreigners, a sign that the work is there but there is not enough workers.

Sydney plumber Luke Milne, 24, said he has only taken Christmas Day and Boxing Day off this year because he has been "flat out".

The LPZ Plumbing Services owner has been riding the wave of renovations that continues to wash over the Sydney housing market.

Being a specialist in bathrooms renovations and fit outs, he has been cashing in.

"In the past year we have done a lot of emergency and call out work, but in 2014 bathroom renovations will the biggest thing," he said.

"There might be a little down time during the end of the financial year, but apart from that we will be working all the way through."

Mr Milne said plumbers in Sydney can never be short of work as long as they are savvy with their marketing and promotion.

"People are always going to need water so there is always going to be work out there," he said.

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