New data shows engineering jobs market growth in every state and territory

Civil engineering dominates the vacancies for engineers in NSW and Victoria, with strong growth in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.
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New data shows engineering jobs market growth in every state and territory

Every state and territory in Australia is seeing engineering jobs vacancy growth that outstrips the general employment market, new data shows.

Engineers Australia’s latest Engineering Vacancies Report analyses the engineering jobs market by using federal Department of Employment data as a gauge of the state on the labour market.

Vacancies are a key indicator of unmet demand for labour in the economy. The demand is strongest in NSW and Victoria and is led by civil engineering-related professions.

Civil engineering also dominates the vacancies for engineers in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

While civil engineering vacancies are also the predominant engineering occupation vacancy in Queensland and the Northern Territory, there is also a high amount of mining engineering jobs recorded in those jurisdictions.

In Western Australia, the most engineering occupation vacancies are for mining engineers, which has grown strongly over the last six months.

Other engineering occupations such as industrial and mechanical engineering vacancies have grown in the last six months led by Victoria and Western Australia, with smaller growth for these occupations in NSW and South Australia.

Electrical engineering occupation vacancies have risen sharply in NSW and Victoria over the last six months, with smaller growth recorded in Queensland and South Australia.

Other occupations are also recording more vacancies, most likely a flow-on effect of major projects underway in some of the larger states.

However, these vacancies come off a much smaller base than the larger occupations of civil, mining, electrical, and industrial and mechanical.

Here are some breakout stats from the report:

  • NSW recorded over 1,300 vacancies for June 2017, and has increased 2.2 per cent over the first six months of 2017
  • Victoria recorded almost 800 in June 2017 with the state seeing 6.3 per cent growth in engineering vacancies for the first half of the year
  • In the first six months of 2017, engineering vacancies have grown 8.6 per cent in Queensland and 20.9 per cent in Western Australia
  • South Australia has also seen a rise in engineering job vacancies over the first six months of 2017, with growth of 10.7 per cent
  • Smaller jurisdictions such as Tasmania, Northern Territory, and Australian Capital Territory also saw significant growth

Read the full report.