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Where are the engineering skills shortages?

This week the Commonwealth Government released new a data set showing the number of vacancies per month for different types of engineers in Australia.

Like most professions the growth of vacancies has been hit by Australia’s relatively limited exposure to the Global Financial Crisis, particularly in civil engineering.

However since the start of 2010 the growth of monthly vacancies for civil engineers has increased by 56 per cent with 4173 vacancies last month alone.

Vacancies for mining engineers over the period have increased by 249 per cent demonstrating the impact of Australia’s remarkable resources boom.

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers have also increased dramatically, rising by 228 per cent.

The vacancies for electrical engineers and engineering managers have also grown strongly although less than other categories, recording growth of 69 per cent and 55 per cent accordingly.

Vacancies for chemical and materials engineers has remained flat.

While the growth of electronics engineering vacancies has recorded a seemingly extraordinary growth of 537 per cent over the period it comes from a low base with vacancies for only 132 electronics engineers last month.

Looking at the trend growth of all types of engineers by state we can see that the mining and resource states continue to grow strongly with states with a greater manufacturing base to their economies like Victoria, NSW and SA performing much more modestly.

State 

Jan 2010

June 2012 

Growth Rate 

 NSW

1436 

2052 

43% 

 Vic

 989

 1258

27%

 Qld

 1551

 3565

130% 

 SA

 254

 344

 36%

 WA

 1134

 3740

 229%

 Tas

 43

 50

 15%

 NT

 94

 148

 56%

 ACT

 102

 141

 38%

Interestingly the number of vacancies for engineers in Western Australia was greater than the vacancies for engineers in Queensland for the first time last month.

These figures continue to show that there is a great demand for engineers in Australia however it is clear that different engineers in different states won’t necessarily see shortages in their area.

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank APESMA where this article first appeared.

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