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Workforce Shortages

The National Skills Commission 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 National Skills Commission'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 National Skills Commission 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

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.

Australian Jobs

Research alerts

If you would like to be alerted when new workforce shortage research is added or if you have any feedback or suggestions, please email us at skillshortages@skillscommission.gov.au

Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The National Skills Commission projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.

Workforce Shortages

The National Skills Commission carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.