The Department of Education, Skills and Employment carries out workforce research on skilled occupations in the Australian labour market. The research results provide information about workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level.
The department’s workforce shortage research program covers more than 80 skilled occupations on an annual basis.
A paper outlining the methodology used in this research, including definitions for each rating, is available.
Skill shortage research methodology
A rating of ‘shortage’ does not mean every job seeker will readily find employment - ratings should be viewed in the context of the full occupational analysis by reading the related occupational report. The workforce shortage research does not provide information for particular regions or industries.
Labour market for Apprentices
In 2017, the Department undertook a special research project on the labour market for apprentices. The results of the research are available at the link below.
Labour Market for Apprentices
Australian Jobs is an easy to follow guide to the Australian labour market. It includes information about industries and occupations as well as states, territories and regions. The publication highlights trends in the Australian labour market and provides guidance about job search and the skills employers value.
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