Australia's Latest Skills Shortage Update

Australia's Latest Skills Shortage Update

While there is a softening in the Australian economy leading to  higher unemployment rates, there are still many occupations, and regions still struggling to fill positions. According to the latest Dept of Employment figures, the occupations in most shortage nationally are......

  • arborist
  • automotive electrician
  • baker
  • bricklayer
  • butcher
  • cabinetmaker
  • child centre manager
  • construction estimator
  • external auditor
  • glazier (Regional)
  • hairdresser
  • metal machinist (first class)
  • midwife
  • motor mechanic
  • panel beater
  • pastry cook
  • physiotherapist
  • roof tiler
  • sheet-metal trades worker
  • software engineer
  • solid plasterer
  • sonographers
  • stonemason
  • surveyor
  • valuer
  • wall and floor tiler

 

If you are recruiting in these spaces, Konnecting can assist. Given the diversity in Australia, each State/Territory have their own specific shortages. Contact us to discuss why you are struggling to fill your vacancy. 

 

 

ANZSCO

Occupation

National Rating

Date Assessed

Comment

MANAGERS

Specialist Managers

1341-11

Child Care Centre Manager

S

August 2014

Employers require applicants who hold a bachelor degree or diploma qualification in early childhood and have a significant number of years of post-qualification experience in the child care sector.

PROFESSIONALS

Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals

2212-13

External Auditor

D

June 2014

Employers in mid-size accounting firms have difficulty recruiting external auditors with certification in chartered accountancy and a minimum of four years experience.

2245-12

Valuer

S

June 2014

Although most employers attract qualified applicants, the majority of applicants lack the level or type of experience sought.

Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals

2322-12

Surveyor

S

June 2014

 

Health Professionals

2512-14

Sonographer

S

March 2014

 

2525-11

Physiotherapist

S

March 2014

Shortages are particularly evident in regional areas.

2541-11

Midwife

S

March 2014

Shortages are for experienced midwives. In regional areas employers often require applicants to have dual qualifications as a midwife and a registered nurse.

ICT Professionals

2613-13

Software Engineer

D

June 2014

Employers experience difficulty recruiting software engineers with high level security clearances for positions working with government agencies.

TECHNICIANS AND TRADES WORKERS

Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians

312114

Construction Estimator

S

May 2014

Employers generally attract large fields of applicants but fill a low proportion of their vacancies.  They require estimators who have experience in their specific sector of construction and applicants who do not have this experience are not considered to be suitable.

Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers

3211-11

Automotive Electrician

S

November 2014

Although shortages are relatively widespread, there are quite large numbers of qualified applicants who are considered by employers to be unsuitable.

3212-11,12,13

Motor Mechanic

S

November 2014

Although there continue to be shortages, employers in some locations recruit without marked difficulty and in some locations shortages are restricted to particular skill sets, such as diesel or motorcycle mechanics.

3222-11

Sheetmetal Trades Worker

S

November 2014

While shortages are widespread across Australia, employers in New South Wales indicate that they have recruitment difficulties for vacancies which require experience with high-quality TIG welding, using hand-operated machinery and fabricating a wide range of metal products.

3232-14

Metal Machinist (First Class)

S

December 2014

There are large fields of candidates for these vacancies, especially in the larger states, but very few applicants are considered to be suitable.

3241-11

Panelbeater

S

November 2014

 

Construction Trades Workers

3311-11

Bricklayer

S

September 2014

Consistent with varying levels of construction activity across the states and territories, employers' ability to recruit bricklayers differs, but shortages are relatively widespread.

3311-12

Stonemason

S

September 2014

A number of employers compromise on qualifications and the level of skill they require in order to fill stonemason vacancies.

3331-11

Glazier

R

August 2014

Employers in regional areas experience difficulty attracting qualified and suitable applicants.

3332-12

Solid Plasterer

S

September 2014

 

3333-11

Roof Tiler

S

September 2014

Employers in all states, except Queensland, have significant difficulty filling their vacancies.

3334-11

Wall and Floor Tiler

S

August 2014

Shortages of wall and floor tilers are evident nationally, but are particularly notable in regional areas.

3341

Plumber

D

September 2014

Although there are generally adequate supplies of plumbers, employers recruiting for roof plumbers experience difficulty.

Food Trades Workers

3511-11

Baker

S

December 2014

 

3511-12

Pastrycook

D

November 2014

The recruitment difficulty is for vacancies in à la carte restaurants. Many applicants for these positions lack the type of experience required by employers. Vacancies in large production environments, however, are filled with relative ease.

3512-11

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

R

October 2014

Employers in regional areas have difficulty attracting experienced applicants.

Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers

3622-12

Arborist

S

August 2014

Employers experience difficulty attracting qualified, ticketed and experienced arborists.

Other Technicians and Trades Workers

3911-11

Hairdresser

S

September 2014

 

3941-11

Cabinetmaker

S

September 2014

 

Courtesy: Dept of Employment, Skill Shortages Australia

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