Employment Outlook: Australia

Australasia , Employment Outlook Jul 21, 2023 No Comments
Australia Employment

Things are looking up in resilient Australia, as hiring and employment opportunities increase.

Australia has remained quite resilient against economic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic and several lockdowns. This is thanks to the country’s location and economic diversity. Its hiring managers are increasingly positive and report optimistic job prospects, according to global workforce solutions firm ManpowerGroup. Despite concerns over rising interest rates and inflation, companies across all sectors and regions plan to increase their headcount. And despite talent shortage and the difficulties in finding the right talent, around 36% of Australian businesses plan to increase their headcount in the next 12 months.

As digitalization is starting to impact all professions in the job market, employees across all industries will need to be technologically savvy and equipped with some digital skills, including data management; website content management; research and data analysis; ICT support; design and management; social media management; and audio and video conferencing software.

Large companies (with more than 250 employees) are the ones with the strongest hiring intentions, although small companies (with 10 to 49 employees) report the biggest NEO (net employment outlook) increase (+31%) since last year. Most new positions will be in IT, banking, finance, real estate and not-for-profit.

These are the five sectors and roles with the best hiring prospects:

Top hiring industries

Most demanded roles

Health care

Aged and disabled carers, registered nurses, physiotherapists

Education and training

Primary school teachers, university lecturers and tutors, childcare educators


Electricians, plumbers, construction managers, concreters

Professional, scientific and technical industry

Software and applications programmers, ICT managers, ICT support technicians

Accommodation and food services

Waiters, cooks, chefs, bakers and pastry cooks

Source: Overseas Students Australia

In addition, automotive and engineering trade workers, as well as skilled and qualified engineers in many sectors (mechanical, industrial, electrical, electronics, and transport), are also in demand.

According to the Australian government, there are some skills (called ‘the five C’s’) that economies and labor markets will likely need in the future, across all employment sectors. These are:

  • Care skills: This is aimed at providing care and support. They are especially important in a society with an aging population and new healthcare needs.
  • Computing skills: The digital transformation happening worldwide is requiring a workforce that can adapt to the digital shift, that has experience in the use of digital technologies, and that is specialized in data-driven business practices.
  • Cognitive abilities: These include those skills that technology is not able to replace, such as advanced reasoning and non-routine cognitive skills.
  • Communication skills: These skills are necessary to collaborate and work in teams with other staff members in the workplace.
  • Climate skills: These include the skills needed to face the challenge of climate change and help in the transition towards a carbon-zero society.

Talent Shortages

As much as 64% of surveyed employers in the country say they find it difficult to hire or retain candidates in some sectors, including:

  • Sales, marketing, and product management
  • IT, internet, and telecommunications
  • Engineering and science

Sales, marketing, and product management: After the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are investing heavily in their digital transformation. As a result, professionals in the digital marketing, e-commerce and social media sectors are in high demand.

IT, internet, and telecommunications: IT candidates, in particular those with IT infrastructure and systems administration experience, are highly sought after and will probably continue to be in the future. 

Health Care: There are many reasons for talent shortages in the health care industry, including restricted travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed many foreign professionals to return to their countries; burnout of professionals following the pandemic; complex health care training and an aging workforce. The biggest shortage is in nursing. More than 100,000 nursing positions might go unfilled in the next couple of years.

Construction: The shortage of skilled construction workers is also getting critical, with around 100,000 positions going unfilled this year. New South Wales and Victoria are the states most affected. Engineers are also sought after. Currently around 30,000 positions might go unfilled this year, but this is expected to rise to 100,000 unfilled positions in the next few years.

Some of the most in-demand jobs with critical shortages are:

  • Construction managers
  • Civil engineering professionals
  • Early childhood teachers
  • Registered nurses
  • ICT (information and communications technology) professionals
  • Software and applications programmers
  • Electricians
  • Chefs

By Mary Anne Thompson, founder, and president, GoinGlobal, Inc.  


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.