Engineering vacancies trended downward in 2019: report

Engineers Australia

Monday, 10 February, 2020

Engineering vacancies trended downward in 2019: report

Engineers Australia has reported a downward trend in engineering vacancies nationally.

In ‘Australian engineering vacancies report —Trends in 2019’, the downward trend is mirrored across vacancies generally and is said to reflect a broad softening of the Australian economy overall.

“The analysis of internet vacancy data provides a valuable gauge of the engineering labour market,” said Engineers Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans. “The report focuses on trends in specific engineering occupation across Australia and its states and territories to provide a broad indication of the direction of the engineering labour market.”

Also among its key findings, the report reveals that on a state and territory basis, the downward trend is mirrored except in WA and Tasmania, where engineering vacancies have enjoyed an upward trend during 2019. NSW continues to advertise the highest number of engineering vacancies in Australia, but vacancies have experienced a downward trend over the 12 months of 2019.

Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia also continue to record higher numbers of engineering vacancies than the smaller states of South Australia and Tasmania, as well as the territories.

Civil engineering vacancies continue to dominate the Australian engineering employment landscape.

“Advertised vacancies in Australia were trending down throughout 2019 overall but the end of 2019 saw a slight recovery,” said Evans. “Thankfully, the trends show a recovery for engineering vacancies towards the end of 2019 and this is expected to continue in line with predictions for broader economic recovery.”

The full report can be found here.

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