Australia’s Hiring: Check Out if Your Skills are a Match

Australasia , Employment & Industry Trends Oct 15, 2018 No Comments

From the Gold Coast to the Outback to world-class cities like Sydney and Melbourne, Australia has a lot of diverse attractions and experiences to offer, making the continent a long-time favorite of world travelers, expats, and international students. The country occupies the world’s largest island and has a population of more than 23 million. Currently, its economy is strong, and unemployment is lower than it’s been in nearly five years at 5.4%, making it even more attractive to job hunters looking for a change. With job vacancies existing in most job sectors and growing talent shortages, there are opportunities for a wide variety of experienced professionals and younger workers who want to try Australia as a new home base.

By 2022, Victoria and New South Wales are expected to lead the country in employment growth, with a total growth rate of 9.8% across all industries. Bringing up the rear are South Australia and Northern Territory. Major metro areas like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth are projected to see the largest increases in employment. These areas are home to leading growth industries and have seen rapid growth in population.

Here are the industries showing the most growth over the next four years:

Leading Growth Industries to 2022 Anticipated Growth (in %)
Health care and social assistance 25.1
Professional, scientific and technical services 12.7
Construction 12.1
Education and training 11.6
Accommodation and food services   9.8

Source: Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business

Within these high-growth industries, certain subsectors will experience the most robust growth:

  • Health care and social assistance: Allied health services, residential care services, medical services, and child care
  • Education and training: Adult education
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: computer-system design and related services

Approximately 38% of Australia’s employers report talent shortages, which is just below the global average of 40%. Skilled trade vacancies continue to be the hardest to fill, largely because of a lack of available candidates, according to Manpower.

The Most Difficult to Fill Positions are:

  • Skilled trades
  • Engineers
  • Management/executive (management/corporate)
  • Sales representatives
  • IT personnel
  • Accounting and finance staff
  • Doctors and other non-nursing health professionals
  • Technicians
  • Secretaries, PAs, receptionists, administrative assistants, and office support staff
  • Drivers

Australia’s Skill Shortage List, which posts the occupations Australian employers are having the most difficulty filling, contains the following occupations:

  • Arborists
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics
  • Automotive and engineering trades workers: automotive electricians, motor mechanics, sheet metal workers, metal machinists, locksmiths, panel beaters, vehicle painters
  • Architects
  • Chefs, bakers, pastry cooks
  • Civil engineers
  • Construction trades workers: bricklayers, stone masons, painters, glaziers, fibrous and solid plasterers, roof, wall and floor tillers, plumbers, cabinet makers
  • Hairdressers
  • Medical professionals: audiologists, optometrists, midwives, physiotherapists, radiographers, sonographers
  • IT professionals: web developers, analysts and programmer developers, IT security specialists
  • Solicitors
  • Veterinarians

Skills in Demand

Occupational Projections 2022

Occupation Number of new jobs (‘000) % job growth
Managers 120 7.8
Business, human resources, and marketing professionals 58.8 8.7
Accountants, auditors, etc. 17.3 8.3
Engineering professionals 13.7 9.4
Education professionals 52.7 9.6
Health professionals 129.8 21.3
IT professionals 29.9 12.3

Source: Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business

Soft skills:
In today’s jobs market, and to be ready for tomorrow’s, successful candidates must possess not only technical skills but also:

  • Cultural intelligence
  • Adaptability
  • Curiosity
  • Customer focus
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Emotional intelligence


The minimum wage in Australia was recently increased to 18.29 AUD per hour or 694.90 AUD for a 38-hour workweek, before taxes. Average earnings are a good deal higher than the minimum wage, at 1,544 AUD per week for full-time workers. Recent graduate median annual salaries are:


  • Undergraduate degree: 60,000 AUD
  • Post-graduate degree: 81,000 AUD
  • Post-graduate research graduates: 87,000 AUD

Medical professionals and judges earn the highest salaries in the country, although there is a striking gender gap in the medical field. Male neurosurgeons are the top earners, at 577,674 AUD per year; women neurosurgeons earn 323,682 AUD annually. Women judges earn 355,844 AUD a year, while male judges earn 381,323 AUD.

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Mary Anne Thompson

Mary Anne Thompson founded GoinGlobal, Inc. more than two decades ago as a result of her own experiences job hunting in Sweden. She believes that to uncover the real job opportunities, you need the experience and personal insights of trained local specialists. Mary Anne continues to be an active CEO who shares her strategies and insights directly with clients to help them strategically maximize GoinGlobal’s unique resources.

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