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Occupations in demand in Australia in 2023

The Australian Government regularly produces Labour Market Updates to provide information about issues affecting Australia’s current and emerging labour market.


This latest one reflects the state of the Australian labour market in the December quarter of 2022 and highlights:

· the recent overall strength of the Australian labour market

· variations in outcomes across industries, occupations and skill levels – including strong recent employment outcomes for occupations where VET qualifications are the primary pathway

· a slight easing in recruitment difficulty and an increase in the likelihood of employers filing an advertised role

· improved recent results across a number of indicators of wages growth

· updated analysis of the top 20 occupations in demand (both nationally and for each state and territory)

· preliminary analysis of the underlying drivers of skills shortage for the top 20 occupations in demand.


Labour market conditions were strong over the December 2022 quarter, with continuing strong demand and growth in labour supply. Total employment continued to increase over the December 2022 quarter with a small decline in January.


The importance of both the higher education and VET systems is reflected due to the needs of a highly skilled Australian workforce.


Compared with previous years, the likelihood of filling vacancies has declined, as have the average number of applicants and average number of suitable applicants per vacancy. These recruitment challenges are more acute for regional areas than for capital cities, while skills shortages for many technicians and trades workers occupations appear to be persistent.


Occupations with the highest vacancy rates are heavily concentrated around engineering and medical professions, mostly in regional areas.


Jobs and Skills Australia has also undertaken preliminary analysis of the underlying drivers of skills shortage for the top 20 occupations in demand, whether the shortage is primarily driven by a lack of people with the essential technical skills, or by other factors.


This preliminary analysis has found that of the top 20 occupations in demand, seven occupations have a shortage that is primarily driven by a lack of people with the essential technical skills.


These are the top 20 occupations in demand nationally.

  1. Registered Nurses

  2. Software and Applications Programmers

  3. Aged and Disabled Carers

  4. Child Carers

  5. Construction Managers

  6. Motor Mechanics

  7. Retail Managers

  8. Chefs

  9. Generalist Medical Practitioners

  10. Metal Fitters and Machinists

  11. ICT Business and Systems Analysts

  12. Civil Engineering Professionals

  13. Electricians

  14. Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

  15. Contract, Program and Project Administrators

  16. Advertising and Marketing Professionals

  17. Physiotherapists

  18. Gardeners

  19. Mining Engineers

  20. Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists

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