2022 Skills Priority List released

The Skills Priority List published today has doubled since last year, with around a third of all Australian occupations facing shortages.

Denita Wawn, Master Builders Australia CEO says they identified that the pressure of material shortages in the building and construction industry was being taken over by skill shortages in late 2021, with the pressure steadily increasing throughout 2022.

“Skill shortages result in delays in building activity which impacts capacity to occupy new homes, schools, and offices or use new roads and railways. It also puts a massive handbrake on economic activity,” says Wawn.

“Master Builders has been calling on the Federal Government to not only speed up skilled migration pathways but also expand the skills list and provide greater flexibility. The new Skills Priority List reinforces our calls. We acknowledge that the Federal Government is working on migration solutions.

“Skill shortages can also be resolved through greater completion of apprenticeships. The industry has appreciated ongoing government support to encourage more people into trade apprenticeships, but we now need an equal focus on completion rates.

“The average current completion rate for trade apprentices, of just over 50 per cent, is not acceptable given the environment.”

Building and construction roles added to the list in 2022 include:

•    Building Inspector
•    Construction Estimator
•    Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator
•    Rigger
•    Scaffolder
•    Steel Fixer

Building and construction roles that continue to be on the list include:

•    Construction Project Manager
•    Surveyor
•    Engineer
•    Bricklayer
•    Stonemason
•    Carpenter & Joiners
•    Painting Trade Worker
•    Tilers (Roof, Wall, Floor)
•    Plumber
•    Electrician

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