Skills Shortages- Summary 2011-12


Fast Track Communications works closely with companies who assist us in signing up new apprentices and trainees. In recent months we have come to learn that there is a shortage of trades in the telecommunications industry with the vertical being placed on the government skills shortage list.

Below is an excerpt from the DEET website, summarizing the 2011-12 skilled worker situation.

Employers are finding it easier to recruit skilled workers and shortages are less widespread than they were a year ago.

  • Around 65 per cent of skilled vacancies were filled in 2011-12 (up from 61 per cent in 2010-11) and there were more suitable applicants per vacancy (1.9 on average compared with 1.5).
  • That said, recruitment experiences vary widely across occupations and locations.


  • Automotive Trades
  • Engineering Professionals
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Occupations
  • Resource Sector Occupations
  • Electro-technology and Telecommunications Trades


  • School Teachers
  • Social and Welfare Professionals
  • Accountants
  • Building Associates
  • Construction Trades
    • The easing in the labour market has been driven by greater availability of professionals, with the labour market for trades workers (except Construction Trades) generally remaining relatively tight.
    • The labour market for skilled workers has eased in every state and territory except New South Wales (where a slightly lower proportion of vacancies were filled in 2011-
    • Competition from job seekers for available vacancies was particularly strong in Queensland in 2011-12, especially in Brisbane (where there were 3.6 suitable applicants per vacancy, almost twice the national average)
    • Recruitment experiences overall for skilled workers are similar to those evident in 2009-10.



Recruitment of professionals was relatively easy in 2011-12, with 74 per cent of vacancies filled (13 percentage points higher than in 2010-11) and an average of 2.3 suitable applicants per vacancy (up by 0.6).

  • The easing in the professionals labour market was driven by greater availability of Health Diagnostic and Therapy Professionals, Nurses and Midwives, and Social and Welfare Professionals. Some shortages persist, though, especially for experienced workers.
  • School Teachers, Accountants, and Social and Welfare Professionals positions were the easiest professional vacancies to fill.
  • Shortages of Engineering Professionals persist, with less than half the vacancies filled.

There was little change in the technicians and trades workers labour market and employers recruiting these workers generally experienced more difficulty than those seeking professionals, with 61 per cent of vacancies filled and 1.7 suitable applicants per vacancy.

  • There was a marked easing in demand for Building Associates and Construction Trades, in line with low activity in the building construction sector. There is now relatively strong competition for these vacancies with quite high numbers of suitable applicants per vacancy.
  • Shortages of Automotive Trades Workers persist with slightly more than two in five vacancies filled.
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