Demand for this trade is rising amid automation

by HRD16 Nov 2018

The demand for electricians has risen by as much as 66% in the past year, according to a study by online jobs market specialist SEEK.

As automation poses a threat to other technical jobs, opportunities for electricians appear unaffected because of the “non-routine and problem-solving nature of their work,” said Kendra Banks, managing director at SEEK.

“There is and will be a consistent demand for electricians with the right skill set and experience,” Banks said.

Findings from SEEK showed an increase in the number of electrician job ads posted in the past 12 months across the regions:

Victoria – 66%
Western Australia – 36%
South Australia – 22%
New South Wales – 20%
Queensland – 15%

Opportunities for electricians accounted for 23% of all job listings in the trades and services sector in Victoria and 48% of those in NSW.

“To make sure we are meeting the demand for candidates, we need to educate people on the exciting career prospects within the electrician trade and its longevity,” said Banks.

Electrician jobs are expected to grow in the next five years, with 7,100 new jobs set to be created by mid-2023, the Australian government forecast. Other trades predicted to see a growth in demand include plumbing (10,500 new openings) and carpentry (7,100).

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