Latest Job Shortages in Brisbane and Queensland

Latest Job Shortages in Brisbane and Queensland

In Demand Jobs in Brisbane and Queensland

Are you looking for new career and job opportunities in Brisbane and Queensland? Wouldn’t it be great if you can find out which jobs are the most in demand across the state?

Thanks to the latest employment research, now you can.

Employers in Brisbane and other regions are regularly surveyed by the Australian Government to check which jobs hiring managers are having difficulty filling. Here are 5 jobs and careers in QLD with shortages or hiring difficulties:

1. Early Childhood Teacher

Early childhood or pre-primary school teachers instruct students in a wide variety of subjects from literacy to numeracy and from music to the arts. They are now employed in large numbers by early childhood education (eg long day care for kids aged 0 to 5). Strict regulations require early childhood services to maintain certain ratios of children per early childhood teacher, and the teachers must work with the children for a certain number of hours each week.

Status: Shortages in regional areas and long day care facilities that are expected to intensify

Employment growth: Strong growth with between 10,001 and 25,000 job vacancies expected between 2013 and 2018. Employment opportunities in many regions.

How to Apply for this Job: In most cases you will need a teaching qualification with a specific focus on teaching young children (eg aged 0 to 5 years). Degrees such as the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and the Bachelor of Teaching with a specialisation in early childhood are the most popular entryways with almost half (49.2%) of all early childhood teachers holding similar qualifications. Learn more about the required ratios of children to teachers and the types of qualifications you can use to qualify for these jobs on the Department of Education and Training website.

Related Careers: Child carers and managers are also in demand because of the rising need for child care services across the country. If you don’t have enough time or money to commit to a full degree now, you can take training courses like the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and qualify to work in a child care facility as an early childhood educator.

2. Child Care Centre Manager

There is a shortage of qualified candidates for child care centre manager jobs. The shortage is a result of higher nation wide qualification standards for child care centre manager jobs and an increase in the number of long day care facilities.

This position is ideal if you are passionate about educating and caring for children. The job’s responsibilities include managing employees, creating development programs under the national framework and making sure that the quality standards set by regulators are followed.

Status: Shortage in regional areas where the number of applicants for positions has fallen by 70%

Employment growth: Very Strong with between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings between 2013 and 2018

How to Apply for this Job: The nation-wide minimum qualification standard for child care managers is the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. You need this national qualification (or equivalent) to learn the essential skills in running a child care facility like how to manage your staff, comply with quality standards and create and implement development programs. Candidates who are both qualified and have experience in these areas are priorities among employers.

Related Careers: Many managers start out as child care assistants for their first position in this industry. The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the minimum requirement if you want to gain experience by becoming an early childhood educator. Once you’ve found work and earn workplace experience, your employer may then encourage you to take up more advanced qualifications to expand your job responsibilities.

3. General Electrician

Electricians are in charge of diagnosing, maintaining, and assembling electric networks. This can be for residential circuits, industrial facilities or physical equipment and components. A big part of their work also involves analysing blueprints and diagrams to come up with plans for operation methods.

Status: Recruitment difficulty in regional areas where only 56% of job openings were filled

Employment growth: Strong growth with more than 50,000 job vacancies expected between 2013 and 2018

How to Apply for this Job: The primary qualification you’ll need for this trade position is the Certificate III in Electrotechnology or the Certificate IV in Electrotechnology – Systems Electrician. You must also register with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and the Department of Justice before you can do electrical or building work anywhere in the state.

Related Careers: Employers of Electrical Linesworkers are facing similar hiring difficulties in regional areas of Queensland. This is a highly regulated position where candidates must have the Certificate III in Electrical Supply Industry (or an equivalent qualification) and a state license to even be considered for jobs.

4. External Auditor

External auditing is a highly skilled position that involves designing financial reporting systems, procedures, and controls. Mid-tiered companies are specifically looking for candidates who are experienced in accounting and are already (or working towards becoming) a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) or a Chartered Accountant (CA).  If you have experience in accounting or have experience working in this industry, then this could be the ideal career for you.

Status: Recruitment difficulty with 90% of applicants seen as unsuitable for the position

Employment growth: Slight growth for Auditors and Company Secretaries with 5,001 and 10,000 job vacancies between 2013 and 2018.

How to Apply for this Job: You can start your accounting career by completing a Bachelor Degree in Accounting which typically takes 3 years of full time study. You can then apply to be part of either a CPA or CA program (to gain these accreditations you will need to complete further education and training plus meet minimum practical experience requirements) and expand your career prospects to include external auditing.

Related Careers: If you want to gain industry experience right away, you can take shorter courses like the Certificate IV in Accounting or in Bookkeeping. These qualifications allow you to apply for positions in the financial services industry (such as payroll officer, bookkeeper or accounts payable/receivable officer) and fulfil the education requirements to become a registered BAS Agent.

5. Baker

Status: State-wide shortage with only 39% of job vacancies filled

Employment growth: Moderate growth with 10,001 and 25,000 vacancies expected between 2013 and 2018

How to Apply for this Job: The vast majority of applicants for baking positions were considered unsuitable by hiring managers. It’s important to have the right qualifications in order to be considered for these jobs, with hiring managers often looking for candidates with qualifications like the Certificate III in Retail Baking. You can also learn “on the job” by completing an apprenticeship in baking. Many employers prefer hiring bakers who have completed an apprenticeship over candidates who just hold the certificate.

Related Careers: A la carte restaurants reported major difficulties in hiring qualified and suitable pastrycooks. More than 90% of them looked for candidates who hold the Certificate III in Patisserie with a similar preference for those who completed an apprenticeship.


Employers in Metropolitan and regional areas in Queensland, including Brisbane, are having trouble filling many jobs in a range of industries. If you’re looking for new job and career opportunities, this is an ideal time to seek more education & training or “brush up” your current qualifications in order to apply for these vacancies.

You can find the complete list of in demand jobs and find out what employers are looking for on the Department of Employment website.

Once you’ve seen a job that interests you, find out what qualifications and experience you will need to get the jobs you want. Make your plan and start on your new career today!

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