Australia is recognised
as one of the fastest growing advanced economies in the world and
according to the most recent OECD Economic Outlook, this economic growth is
predicted to continue into the latter part of this year and into 2013.
There is currently an industry-wide, high demand for skilled
workers to work in the country, consequently making it a very attractive
destination for people wanting a successful and stable career, combined with a
satisfactory and pleasant lifestyle.
According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey
for this year (2012), Australia is in desperate need for more skilled workers,
with over half of 2200 local employers surveyed in Australia having great
difficulty in filling critical jobs.
According to recent reports, the industries with the highest
demand for skilled workers are:
There is, in particular, demand in the engineering industry
as the boom in the mining sector and related port and rail infrastructure
created a shortage in all disciplines of engineering. Because of this there is
a high demand for jobs such as:
Port and rail operations study managers
Tradesmen – electricians, carpenters,
Steel construction workers
Structural steel and welding trades
Earthmoving plant, crane, lift and hoist
According to the Australian Nursing Federation there is also
a particular need for aged care nurses. The federation estimated that an extra
22,000 aged care nurses are needed to fill the shortage that is expected to
worsen over the next 15 years.
Many Australian employers are recruiting from overseas in
order to address this damaging shortage in skilled workers. In order to help the industries in need, the
Australian government has increased its annual migration intake by 5,000.