Business

Rockhampton job searchers are going through a rocky time

NEW VENTURE: Jessy Huddleston started his own business, JMI Autoelectrics, last month.
NEW VENTURE: Jessy Huddleston started his own business, JMI Autoelectrics, last month.

AT JUST 23 years old, Jessy Huddleston has already experienced how rough the region's employment market can be.

The Rockhampton auto-electrician even started his own business, JMI Autoelectrics, last month after it became impossible to find contracted work.

Jessy started in the industry from a school- based apprenticeship in 2008 before entering into his trade.

Since then, he has seen employment go up and down. "I started (the business) because of the lack of work around Rocky. It is just too hard to find a job," he said.

"The job that I was working at prior sort of ran out of work because it was contracted.

"I am starting a bit young but you gotta start somewhere."

Though he has only been operating since mid-January, Jessy said his CQ-based business was already going steady.

But like most in the small business market, he is finding the demand for work to be inconsistent.

"It is not a continuous flow at the moment, it is patchy," he said.

"Yesterday and today I have four or five jobs, but then I had a couple of days last week where I had two jobs in three days."

While he couldn't think of any legislative changes that could be made to help his business flourish, he knew exactly what was bringing customers in.

"I get a lot of my customers through Facebook," he said. "It is very helpful at this stage."

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