Most in-demand professions are revealed as skills shortages affect more industries

Jobs that are in short supply now and were not short last year include hotel manager, beauty salon manager, chemical engineer, primary school teacher, secondary teacher, dentist, pediatrician, neurosurgeon, blacksmith, meat bear and slicer, butcher, web developer, bus driver and scaffolding.

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“The past year has shown significant tightening in the Australian labor market, and the 2022 findings” [list] reflect this, with a large proportion of various occupations in deficit,” says the Skills Commission report.

“The lingering effects of COVID-19, along with the changing economic landscape, have impacted a range of challenges across many professions.”

The report notes that the number of jobs advertised in Australia reached 301,100 in August, up 37.7 percent from the same month last year.

The Skills Commission says that a profession is considered to be deficient when employers are unable to fill job vacancies or have great difficulty filling job vacancies or are unable to meet important specialized skills needs within that profession, at current pay levels and working conditions, and in reasonably accessible locations.

“Based on this definition, the most important measure of job shortage is employers’ ability to fill vacancies,” it says.

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