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The Engineering Sector suffered a slowdown during the GFC, mainly due to a reduction in construction and mining related
activities in 2009. But another factor was the persistent skill shortages in the engineering disciplines, resulting in diffculties
flling positions. In the year to August 2010, the number of positions actually fell. However, there are now clear signs that
growth has returned to this sector. In the last two quarters, the situation has recovered and in the August 2010 quarter, jobs
rose by 1.8%.
There are some real signs that the skills shortage is starting to bite, particularly for civil and mechanical engineers. Demand
for engineering managers is growing strongly, with jobs up more than 10%. Accelerated by the recovery in the mining sector,
the demand for mining engineers is particularly strong, with jobs up more than 15% in a year. Demand is also strong for civil
At the state level, positions for engineers are well up in WA as the recovery in the Mining Sector takes hold. The demand for
any engineers related to mining or mining services in that state is particularly strong. Engineering positions are also growing in
Queensland as mining and construction gears up again. Positions have been a little softer in Victoria and NSW, although this is
more of a refection of the diffculty in fnding suitable people rather than lack of demand.
With the economy growing again and the Mining Sector and Construction & Property Sector picking up steam, the demand for
engineers will only grow. The EMDA model is forecasting that engineering positions will be growing at 5.5% p.a. by May 2011.
For this sector, shortages of suitably skilled staff will be a real issue in Australia.
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Demand for engineers is rising again, with skills shortages returning
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