Skilled migrant tip: Australia’s most in-demand jobs

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For the 2012-13 migration program, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection set the planning levels to a ceiling of 129,250 places, which is 3,400 places higher than the previous planning year. The availability of thousands of places for jobs entails that skilled foreign workers—once they have the right skilled visa—may obtain employment in Australia.

The SEEK statistics

In a 2013 study published by jobs site SEEK, it was found that medical practitioners were most sought all over Australia. Sarah Macartney, SEEK spokeswoman, attributed this spike in the demand for medical workers to the growing population of the country to about 23 million in April 2013.

For the survey, SEEK used the increase in the number of advertisements for jobs as indicator of the rise in demand. It found out that demand for General Practitioners rose double in two years, while advertisements for other medical professions (medical imagers, pharmacists and dentists) rose by over 34%.

SEEK concluded that the top five most in-demand jobs in 2013 based on the movement of advertisements from March to April 2013 were Credit Assessors (up by 44%), Geoscientists (up by 28%), IT Security Specialists (up by 25%), Insurance and Superannuation Underwriters (up by 23%), and General Practitioners (up by 23%).

Early in 2014, SEEK released its forecast of the hottest jobs, which it puts to about 193,000 new positions. SEEK identified that 20% of employers will employ for these five positions this year: carers and aides, education professionals, finance professionals, construction trades, and sales assistants and salespeople.

SEEK also forecast that the Australian jobs market will be more accommodating to people with higher qualifications. Also, over a third of the workforce will work part-time, as more people will consider flexibility and work-life balance. Average weekly wages are also likely to increase by 4% by November, resulting from the expected 2.8% growth of the Australian economy.

In-demand jobs in Australia

The Clarius Skills Index 2013, Australia’s skills index that measures shortage and oversupply of labour across a range of industries, revealed that the country remains in need of many highly skilled professionals.

According to the key findings, corporate services manager is the most in-demand occupation, while advertising and sales managers (3,200 people) are also high in demand due to the increasing focus on sales of several companies. Engineering (6,900 people) and ICT (5,900 people) occupations are also needed, with China’s economy expected to rise and companies spending billions on ICT.

Australia’s most in demand jobs

Australian Skilled Occupations List

Meantime, the Skilled Occupations List shows that professionals remain in medium and high demand in Australia. In the more than 300 occupations needed for 2013, the list showed the categories of occupations that Australian companies need to secure: managers and administrators, professionals and associate professionals, and trade persons and related workers.

Working in Australia

National Visas assists skilled overseas workers obtain the right visa to Australia so they work legally for Australian companies. We have experienced migration experts who can provide expert guidance to people who prefer to self-manage their applications as well as full assistance to those who want to delegate the legal tasks to the hands of our experts. With National Visas, joining the Australian workforce is the starting point to a new life in Australia.

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