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Which industries have skills shortages in Queensland?

Skill shortages can have a significant impact on business productivity. Without the right staff to maximise opportunities and drive the company forward, enterprise owners could find themselves struggling to compete.

Hiring apprentices and trainees is an option that can provide many benefits for organisations. As a business owner, you can train apprentices and trainees to fit your specific needs, while filling skills gaps across your departments.

To find the best candidates for your industry, visit BUSY At Work’s Apprenticeship Central website, which offers help and advice on how to best utilise apprentices and trainees within your company. You can advertise job positions and contact prospective employees directly, as well as learn more about any available financial incentives.

But what industries in Queensland are currently experiencing the largest skills gaps? The federal government’s Skills Shortage List for Queensland has highlighted some of the sectors where employers are having particular difficulties in securing the right people for vacancies. [link externally to source]

Automotive businesses employ more than 300,000 people across Australia.


Multiple professions in the construction industry have statewide shortages, including bricklayers, fibrous plasterers and painters. Many employers are also struggling to recruit qualified joiners.

Earlier this year, Construction Skills Queensland CEO Brett Schimming provided advice to budding apprentices who may be considering looking for a construction apprenticeship.

“If you have good literacy and numeracy skills, a good work ethic and the right attitude, then this could be the industry for you,” he explained.


The advantages of a hairdressing career include excellent social interaction and a chance to explore your creativity.

Nevertheless, it appears Queensland is seeing a shortage of people qualified to take on these positions. The Australian Department of Employment also lists the occupation as one that has a nationwide shortage, potentially giving candidates the opportunity to relocate once they’ve gained their qualifications.

Skills shortages in Australia.


Automotive businesses employ more than 300,000 people across Australia and generate annual revenues of around $162 billion, according to IBISWorld figures.

However, the industry is struggling to employ qualified workers in various roles, including statewide shortages of panelbeaters and metal machinists.

There are also not enough welders and vehicle painters in Queensland, with employers especially struggling to fill the latter position in regional areas.

Clearly, opportunities exist across multiple industries that have skill shortages, meaning both candidates and businesses could benefit from apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements.

By Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator

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