New Report Reveals Skills Shortages




A new report into skills shortages has revealed a national shortage in civil and transport engineers, urban and regional planners, landscape gardeners, and construction project managers, all of which have strong future demand.


The 2021 Skills Priority List compiled by the National Skills Commission also reveals a national shortage of ICT engineers and project managers, surveyors, arborists, childcare workers, and aged or disabled carers.


The Skills Priority List includes nearly 800 occupations and aims to help governments, industry and education providers understand Australia’s skills needs and shortages now and into the future.


National Skills Commissioner Adam Boyton said, “The list provides an important starting point when considering policies to meet Australia’s skills needs, including training funding, skilled migration and other related initiatives and incentives. At the same time it is important to note that the Skills Priority List is not the sole input to government decisions on these policies.”


Shortages are most common in the Technicians and Trades Workers occupation group (with 42% of occupations assessed in this group in shortage nationally), followed by Professionals (19%), Machinery Operators and Drivers (17%), Managers (12%) and Community and Personal Service Workers (8%).


The Skills Priority List is available here.