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Published on January 31st, 2012 | by john.weir

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Engineers still needed to fill jobs in Australia

A report to the federal government in Australia√ā¬†shows there is a shortfall of engineers, with just 40 per cent of engineering job vacancies being filled in 2011.

A Senate committee has been told the industry needs almost 28,000 engineers just to fill existing shortfalls, while existing engineers are ageing. Research shows 57.6per cent of engineers are aged 40-59, and another 14.9 per cent are aged 60 and older.Australia’s two-speed economy is worsening the problem, according to Australia Wide Personnel managing director Stephen Noble’s submission to the inquiry.

”We need engineers. However, our universities are producing scientists,” he wrote.”In 2010, our universities produced 61 per cent more domestic graduate scientists than engineers. However, if you look on Seek.com.au today, there are 10 times the number of engineering jobs listed across Australia compared with scientific roles.”

Engineers Australia director of international and national policy Brent Jackson said that the shortage of skilled engineers in Australia was not down to one single factor.”It’s not one thing, this is the thing with the skills shortage,” Mr Jackson said.”It’s not evenly spread at all [and] it’s pretty hard for us to pin it down to any one thing at all.”

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