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Australian engineering job vacancies hit 10-year high

Demand for engineers in Australia has surged to a 10-year high and is fuelling an ongoing skills crisis, according to the latest Australian Engineering Employment Vacancies report from Engineers Australia

The skills shortage is exacerbated by underuse of migrant engineers and a lack of investment in getting young people into the industry

The number of engineering jobs advertised increased 50 per cent nationally in 2021, despite limited growth in the later part of the year.

Queensland saw the biggest growth – up 67 per cent, followed by New South Wales and Victoria.

While all major states reported increased vacancies for the year, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania recorded negative growth in the second half of the year – corresponding with restrictions in response to outbreaks of the Delta and Omicron COVID-19 variants.

Engineers Australia found that civil engineers were most in demand, followed by industrial, mechanical and production engineers.

“With an emerging engineering skills shortage exacerbated by COVID-19, an engineering job vacancy rate that continues to skyrocket, and an economic recovery hinging on major infrastructure projects, the effective use of all available engineers should be considered a national strategic imperative,” Engineers Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans says.

“While some sectors are experiencing a shortage of experienced engineers, it is in the face of an economy-wide oversupply of qualified – but underutilised ­– migrant engineers. This imbalance must be addressed by policy makers and employers.

“Engineers Australia research shows there is a significant cohort of migrant engineers already in Australia who have long-term difficulties securing employment appropriate to their experience. The number one culprit here is unconscious employer bias. Tapping into this underutilised talent supply offers one means of easing skills shortages.

“The issue is further exacerbated by the chronic challenges in the source of domestic supply and employers not investing enough in graduates.

“The long-term solution involves investment in young people and schools, industry-led development of early career graduates, and industry and government-wide understanding of the critical value of the migrant workforce.”

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