A skills shortage is when there aren’t enough workers with the skills an industry needs. The National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List details those that are lacking in Australia, and the anticipated demand of jobs that need these skills.
If you’ve got an open mind about the job and industry you’d like to work in, understanding the in-demand roles can be a smart way to find job security. You’ll have the chance to develop new skills and a greater chance of staying in a job long-term.
Another benefit of choosing a job where there’s a skills shortage is that the Government generally directs funding to these areas. That could mean financial assistance for both employees and employers.
We’ve shortlisted the industries which currently have a skills shortage and the jobs within them that are likely to have strong demand in the future.
1. Engineering and construction
The Technicians and Trades Workers occupation group is the most in-demand area now and will be continue to be in the future. 42% of jobs in this field don’t have workers to fill them. That means if you’re interested in a trade like construction, it’s a safe bet you’ll find job security. These jobs also have many apprenticeship opportunities.
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Floor finisher
- Painting trades worker Glazier
- Painting trades worker
2. Food services
Love being in the kitchen or working with food? There will always be a demand for freshly baked bread or a good steak, and the people behind them.
3. Nature and gardening
Prefer getting your hands dirty to sitting behind a desk? These jobs are needing skilled workers to meet labour demands.
- Landscape gardener
- Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
- Aged or disabled carer
- Childcare worker
- Enrolled nurse
- Early childhood (pre-primary) teacher
- Nursing support worker
5. Motor trades
Mechanics of all types and other vehicle-related trades continue to be in demand.
- Diesel motor mechanic
- Motor mechanic
- Motorcycle mechanic
- Vehicle painter
If you’d like support developing your skills and finding the right job, we can help. Register for Disability Employment Services today.