2022 Skills Priority List released

Skills Priority List now live

The National Skills Commission’s 2022 Skills Priority List (SPL) has been released and is now available as a digital interface that allows people to filter and search for jobs that are in high demand.

The SPL is released annually and identifies occupations in Australian that are in shortage, while also providing an assessment of future demand.

This year’s list reveals shortages in 286 occupations, compared to 153 in 2021. The number of jobs advertised reached 309,900 in August 2022, which is a 42 per cent increase from August 2021.

Employees that are in high demand are primarily health care professionals and teachers, however a list of the top 20 occupations (based on both current shortage and projected future employment growth) also shows that there are shortages in information technology and construction sectors.

Top 20 occupations in demand on Skills Priority List

Top 20 occupations in demand 

*Based on a combination of skills shortages, current job vacancies and projected employment growth over the next five years

Internet Vacancy Index job ads

(June to Aug 2022 monthly average)

Registered Nurses 9,266
Software and Applications Programmers 7,841
Aged and Disabled Carers 5,101
Construction Managers 4,984
Child Carers 4,549
Motor Mechanics 4,316
Retail Managers 4,244
Chefs 4,141
ICT Business and Systems Analysts 3,830
Metal Fitters and Machinists 3,565
Cooks 3,438
Electricians 3,396
Civil Engineering Professionals 3,268
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 2,842
General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers 2,306
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,253
Physiotherapists 1,482
Mining Engineers 1,048
Gardeners 1,038
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 868

The full Skills Priority List is available on the National Skills Commission website.

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Correct at time of publication.