According to a new data released by the Australian government, there are still over 159,000 job vacancies across the country today. But the number could be a bit higher since it doesn’t include offline job advertisements or those published in newspapers and other print media.
Also, the country’s stellar economic run last year is predicted to continue until the first half of 2017. This could translate to a healthier job market as entrepreneurs gain more confidence in expanding their businesses.
Therefore, there will be jobs. Below are ten of the most sought-after amongst them:
The latest employment report from SEEK revealed that the demand for teaching roles has increased by 112 percent over the last few years, especially in the special needs and primary school segment. Average salary has also skyrocketed to eight percent since 2015 due to the swelling—and unmet—demands for teachers.
- Designer and architect
Because of an unprecedented 62 percent job growth in the design segment, designers and architects have become more sought-after this year. Competition amongst various design firms (architecture, interior, and industrial) has also intensified, which means experienced designers earn a sizeable advantage over newbies.
- Construction employee
Apartment construction industry across Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane is currently experiencing a boom. But New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are in the running for the runner-up slot. This only means one thing: construction managers, even assistants and labourers are still highly needed in these six cities.
- Work Health & Safety professionals
Recruitment specialist firm Hays said that the construction industry can’t exist without the work health and safety professionals. The reason is that the government requires all construction operations to be safe both for the employees and the public. The company also said that as long as the construction industry remains strong, the demand for WHS and OHS skills will continue to grow.
- Mining and Power Plant Labourers/Operators
Without a doubt, the mining industry in the country is no longer as big as it was in the early 2000s. However, SEEK data reveals that companies with continuous operations across the country are still in the hunt for labourers and machine operators. This is also the case for the power plant industry.
- Information & Communications Technology (ICT) professionals
The ICT industry boasts of an average industry salary (AIS) of $99,945, making the ICT professionals amongst the highest paid professionals in Australia. It is also continuously growing as the technology progresses. The emergence of virtual reality, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) also require the industry to hire more people.
“The higher up you go, the bigger your team gets, the more responsibilities you have, and the fatter your pay cheque becomes,” wrote Vivien Luu Career Faqs Australia. Indeed, managerial positions in various companies across key business cities in Australia remain very in-demand. And job ads for the position are expected to go up in the following years as the number of new business (that eventually need managers to lead departments and teams) continue to increase as well.
- Digital marketers
The Australian entertainment and media market is predicted to increase to $47.4 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 percent. This also means that more firms will be spending money on online advertising. For them to efficiently convert this spending into tangible results, they need to hire digital marketers. This also includes copywriters, SEO analysts, as well as Web developers and designers.
- Farming and Environment Conservation
Job ads for farming labourers have increased by 63 percent from last year, and the last month saw job ads in the conservation and wildlife industry skyrocketing to 146 percent. The possible reason behind this is the growing indifference to manual labour by young Australians. Also, only 1.6 percent of the young labour force prefers indoor jobs, according to SpotJobs.
- Builder, plumber, electrician
These three will remain amongst the most in-demand jobs in Australia, with or without a construction boom. In fact, in a study released by ServiceSeeking Australia, as reported by The Daily Telegraph, these are the richest tradies in the country. “Average plumber charges $78.40 an hour, up 1.9 percent on last year, and the average electrician charges $74.61 an hour, up 4 percent, [whilst] an average Australian lawyer, by comparison, earns [only] $37 an hour,” says the report. So who wouldn’t be enticed to learn their craft?
Online Job Portals
Every employer has gone online these days, so for jobs not on this list, better check these online portals for future openings:
Australian employers are not yet into the ultra-short resume popular now in the UK, US, and other Western countries. A two-page resume could be the biggest stumbling block for job applicants in Australia, especially new migrants arriving in the country.
Hence, it should be detailed—from educational attainment to work experience. Australian employers—or human resource heads—put a special premium on emphasis. Attachments are also a plus, and this could be anything from proof of special course attendance to a certificate of a certain achievement. Most importantly, use British English ('s' over 'z' and 'favoured' instead of 'favored').
If you’re looking to secure a job in Australia, or have been accepted for a position, talk to one of our registered migration consultants about the visa requirements for employees and company sponsorship.