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Want to migrate to Australia? Focus on these areas for upskilling

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By U2B Staff 

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports that more than 7.5 million people living in Australia in 2019 were born in other countries. Out of this, the largest percentage of people migrating to Australia were from England.

ABS Director of Migration Statistics Jenny Dobak said that in 2019 just under 30% of Australia’s resident population was born overseas.

“People born in England continued to be the largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 986,000 people,” Dobak said. “However, this has dropped from just over one million people recorded between 2012 and 2016.

“People born in Sri Lanka represented the tenth-largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 140,000 people, and replacing Scotland in the top 10.”

If you have plans of migrating to Australia to live and work there, then it’s a good time to upskill yourself in the skills that are in demand.

As the country recovers from the negative impacts of COVID-19 employments projections seem promising to job seekers in Australia as total employment is expected to increase by 8.3% for the next five years.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently released a report on the projected employment growth in the country. This report identifies a strong demand for occupations at the highest skill levels, as work in Australia is becoming more skilled.

This translates to close to 90% of employment in Australia for the next five years will require qualifications higher than school level certifications.

Out of this, 12% of employment growth will occur in occupations that require a tertiary education of degree level and above. The trend highlights the growing importance of tertiary education in the Australian labour market.

The Australian Government also published its updated employment outlook findings, which projects the industries and skills that will be in demand from now until May 2024.

Four industries are projected to experience the largest growth in employment for the next five years including the healthcare and social assistance industry, services industry, the education and training industry, and the construction industry.

Employment in this burgeoning industry is expected to grow due to the continued demand generated by the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Australia’s aging population. The report states that the large investments in hospitals and increasing demand for childcare and home-based care services also contribute to this strong projected growth.

The services industry will grow by around 15%, as the demand for professional, scientific, and technical services grows in demand post-COVID-19.

This indicates the growing need for the services of qualified and highly educated workers throughout the strengthening post-COVID-19 economy.

Employment in the education and training industry will grow by slightly more than 12%, supported by increases in the school-aged population, continued strength in the international education sector, and growing demand for adult and community education.

Employment in the construction industry may also grow by over 9% in the next five years.

According to the same report, these are the top ten job roles in Australia for this year:

  • Software developer
  • IT business and systems analyst
  • Construction project manager
  • Care worker
  • Centre manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Administrative assistant
  • Construction manager
  • Office manager
  • Supply, distribution and procurement manager

The top employable skills sought by  Australian employers are communication skills, teamwork, problem-solving ability, organisational skills, and creativity, and initiative. This indicates a strong push for employees to reskill and upskill themselves through soft skill training if they have plans of migrating to Australia.

Why you need to upskill yourself when migrating to Australia

In order to work in Australia, you need to be aware that many jobs in Australia require formal qualifications and also registration with relevant industry and professional bodies.

All migrants to Australia will have their skills and qualifications assessed by the relevant authorities.

If you have plans to migrate to Australia, your international qualifications may either be recognised or not at all or maybe only partially recognised.

It is crucial to do the due diligence on your part and check with Austalia’s relevant professional associations and identify upskilling routes. The Australian Skills Assessing Authorities will be able to provide you with the right advice to upskill yourself so that you will be able to meet the skills requirement.

You may also be expected to take bridging courses on top of your international qualifications to work in your chosen field in Australia.