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The Engineering Sector is now growing thanks to a swag of major engineering projects getting underway. Positions are now
growing by 10.5% in this sector. With the growth of the Mining Sector and some large-scale mine expansions progressing,
demand for mining engineers is very strong. So much so, mining companies are lobbying the Federal Government to relax
restrictions on hiring overseas engineers. In response, the Government has announced its intention to set up a fast-track system
for the rapid approval of 457 temporary migration visas for suitably skilled workers. Currently, there are 9120 foreign engineers
in Australia, compared with just 1271 in 2000/01. The number of people working in this sector on a 457 Temporary Business
(Long Stay) visa has grown to 2408. Even with this increase in overseas workers, it is estimated that only half the mining
engineering vacancies that became available in 2010 were flled. In Australia, about 180 mining engineers graduate each year,
but at the moment there is demand for more than 350 annually, leading to a signifcant shortfall. Positions for civil engineers
are also growing strongly as well as chemical and material engineers.
At the state level, engineering positions are growing well in NSW, and growing very strongly in Victoria (up more than 15%),
Queensland (up 6.7%), SA (up 8.1%) and WA (at more than 20%), the latter due to the very strong growth in the Mining Sector.
The Engineering Sector remains a male dominated domain, with only 8% of engineers being female. This share has grown since
1995 when the female proportion was just over 3%. This sector also has a very low proportion of part timers, with only 5% of
the total being part time positions.
With the economy growing again and the Mining and Construction Sectors picking up steam, the demand for engineers will only
grow. The EMDA model is forecasting that engineering positions will be growing at 6.3% p.a. by November 2011. For this sector,
shortages of suitably skilled staff will be a real issue in Australia and could hamper construction plans by causing delays in major
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Demand for engineers is ahead of supply, leading to skills shortages
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