We reveal the top 50 occupations on the Skilled Occupation Shortage List that give you the best chance of getting a PR visa invitation for migrating to Australia
Getting a skilled migration visa for Australia has never been more challenging. The number of visas issued has been reduced, processing times are slower and UK migrants are facing increasing competition from countries such as India and China. Add to that the disruption from the coronavirus epidemic and it may seem an insurmountable challenge.
However, thousands of people do successfully migrate from the UK to Australia every year and there are still many places available for people with the right skills. So your dream of starting a new life down under is still very achievable – especially if your experience is needed.
We have compiled an updated list of the top 50 jobs most in demand for migrants in Australia for 2021, based on the recently released Occupation Ceilings for the Skilled Migration Shortage List.
We have also added a section to include the occupations on the new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) can apply for a visa and request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic.
- 1 We reveal the top 50 occupations on the Skilled Occupation Shortage List that give you the best chance of getting a PR visa invitation for migrating to Australia
- 2 Moving to Australia for work
- 3 What are Occupation Ceilings?
- 4 The Top 50 Jobs Most In Demand for Migrants in Australia 2021
- 5 New Critical Skills for Covid-19 Recovery on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List
- 6 The Top Occupations In Demand in Australia 2021
- 7 Other occupations on the skilled migration list 2021
- 8 Would you like information on jobs and visas if you’re moving to Australia? Click Here
- 9 Occupations with increased demand in 2021
- 10 Occupations with decreased demand in 2021
- 11 How to get a visa if your occupation is not on the list
- 12 Would you like information on jobs and visas if you’re moving to Australia? Complete the form below…
- 13 Your Details
Moving to Australia for work
There has always been an attraction for non-Australian residents looking to work there. A lot of that has to do with the lifestyle, the salary and, obviously, the stunning weather. Australia has always had a clear and fair policy on immigration and welcomes migrant workers, so if you are planning a move down under and meet the criteria, you’ll feel more than accepted.
Whilst international travel is currently suspended to Australia, many migrants and job seekers are beginning the application process now in preparation for when the borders re-open – likely sometime in 2021.
In fact, there are thousands of migrant workers who try to apply for a working visa in Australia every year. The best way you can secure employment and a work-based visa is through the Australian Skilled Migration program. This applies to the occupations listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) – essentially Australia’s job shortage list.
The list is updated regularly by the DoHA and there are at present over 200 occupations on there. This list governs the job shortage areas where migrant skilled workers are most sought after in the country, so you can see if your skills are in demand in the Land of Oz.
Although there are a high number of UK migrant workers in the country, it’s important to remember that the job shortage list is not just for the UK, but for all over the world. Before we go any further and discuss some of the occupations and industries where there is the most demand for migrant workers, it may be worth explaining what is exactly meant by the term ‘occupation ceilings’, as it’s likely to be unfamiliar to many.
What are Occupation Ceilings?
There is a restriction on the amount of Expression of Interest (EOI) or invites that will be issued by the Australian Government for a particular occupation group. This is what is referred to as the occupation ceilings.
They are basically set to make sure there’s not just a small number of different occupations making up the biggest percentage of the program for skilled migrant workers. Once the cited limit has been met, there will be no additional invitations for the occupation group in question until the next year.
It means that even the lower ranking occupation groups will be able to offer prospective migrants an invitation to work in the country. As the occupation ceilings have been released for 2021, you may be curious to know which jobs are most in demand in Australia for migrant workers.
The Top 50 Jobs Most In Demand for Migrants in Australia 2021
Occupation Ceiling 2021
Change From 2019
|2||Secondary School Teachers||2414||8,716||664|
|3||Software and Applications Programmers||2613||8,405||-343|
|6||Carpenters and Joiners||3312||6,812||-1,724|
|7||Metal Fitters and Machinists||3232||6,335||-672|
|10||University Lecturers and Tutors||2421||5,042||1,635|
|11||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||3223||4,866||883|
|14||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||2531||4,257||707|
|15||Other Specialist Managers||1399||4,188||1,144|
|16||Civil Engineering Professionals||2332||3,919||147|
|17||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||2411||3,321||1,027|
|18||Painting Trades Workers||3322||3,303||-27|
|19||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||2335||2,682||1,082|
|20||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists||2621||2,667||-220|
|21||ICT Business and Systems Analysts||2611||2,273||-314|
|23||Computer Network Professionals||2631||2,245||-308|
|24||Electronics Trades Workers||3423||2,047||734|
|26||Special Education Teachers||2415||1,721||610|
|27||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||3311||1,712||102|
|30||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1342||1,666||-119|
|31||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||2212||1,619||67|
|32||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||3421||1,581||-270|
|34||Medical Laboratory Scientists||2346||1,536||31|
|37||Architects and Landscape Architects||2321||1,452||-719|
|42||Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials||4523||1,262||-2,809|
|43||Animal Attendants and Trainers||3611||1,239||188|
|44||Other Medical Practitioners||2539||1,168||-82|
|45||Medical Imaging Professionals||2512||1,161||-42|
|46||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||2349||1,056||56|
|48||Wall and Floor Tilers||3334||1,000||-682|
|49||Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters||2121||1,000||-98|
|50||Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers||2111||1,000||0|
As you can see, there is a wide range of jobs covering every sector you can imagine so, if you are planning your move to Australia in the next year or so, there’s really no limit to the types of professions being accepted – and of course these change year to year.
Even with the reduction in numbers from 2019 (probably due to the coronavirus epidemic), there are still many places and occupations available. Australia needs to kick start their economy and return to economic growth. Many experts believe that inviting migrants to fill skill shortages is one of the best ways to do this.
If you have a certain qualification that is not in demand, then with a top up or booster course you could change your skill level and become eligible to apply for one of the jobs on the list.
For example, if you are a primary school teacher in the UK, you may be able to access a Train to Teach course which will provide you with the needed Qualified Teacher Status to teach secondary school children, a high demand occupation.
Now we’ve looked at the full list for 2021, we’ll run down the top 10 jobs in demand down under and see how you could be setting up your new life in Australia via one of these access routes.
New Critical Skills for Covid-19 Recovery on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List
The Australian Government announced a new critical skills list of job roles urgently needed to help the country recover from Covid-19. People who have these skills, in the medical, IT and construction sectors, can fast track their visa application and can also apply for travel restrictions exemption to enter Australia. This overcomes the biggest barrier for migrants during the coronavirus epeidemic.
The list has been expanded since it was originally launched and more occupations are expected to be added over time.
The current 44 occupations (ANZSCO code) on the The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), last updated in July 2021, are:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Accountant (General) (221111)
- Management Accountant (221112)
- Taxation Accountant (221113)
- External Auditor (221213)
- Internal Auditor (221214)
- Surveyor (232212)
- Cartographer (232213)
- Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
- Civil Engineer (233211)
- Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
- Structural Engineer (233214)
- Transport Engineer (233215)
- Electrical Engineer (233311)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)
- Petroleum Engineer (233612)
- Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
- Veterinarian (234711)
- Hospital Pharmacist (251511)*
- Industrial Pharmacist (251512)*
- Retail Pharmacist (251513)*
- Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Multimedia Specialist (261211)
- Analyst Programmer (261311)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)
- ICT Security Specialist (262112)
- Social Worker (272511)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
- Chef (351311)
* Indicates occupation added in July 2021
The Top Occupations In Demand in Australia 2021
Nurses and Medical Staff
There are a lot of different factors that come into play and mean that Australia is a suitable destination for any registered nurse or other medical staff looking for somewhere to move to and work. Due to it being a growing industry coupled with the fact that there are quite a number of nurses and medical employees who will be reaching retirement age soon, there is an increased demand for nurses, giving high occupational ceilings for roles in this sector.
The health care industry overall has had the biggest increase and growth in 5 years, and this is expected to continue through to 2022. The occupations in this industry that are the most in demand are registered nurses, disabled and aged carers, personal care workers, receptionists and nursing support.
Software Programmer and IT
There is currently a growing and critical need within the tech industry for software developers of various abilities, such as those experienced in user experience, mobile and back-end design, front end and full stack developers. In fact, according to a report from last year, 9 of the most advertised jobs out of a list of 15 were for UI/UE designers, software engineers and developers.
Trades and Construction
Given that the construction industry always has a demand, especially for technicians and trade workers such as electricians, carpenters, joiners and plumbers, it’s not surprising that these rank so highly on the most in demand list of professions. There has also been a demand for non-skilled labourers too. So, if you are experienced in this kind of work, you will have an easier time getting work.
Although in the past there was a huge demand for migrant primary school teachers in Australia, that has changed in recent years. There are still options for migrants looking to work in teaching though, particularly in secondary schools in more regional parts of the country. That is why it still ranks so highly in the occupational ceilings list.
It is even the case that many qualified teachers from Australia need to go out to the regional parts of the country for their first employer. Within this group, the least in demand is undoubtedly inner city female primary school teachers.
White Collar Management/Professionals
Just as is the case with software developers, there is a growing demand for various white-collar management and professional positions. Including the likes of those involved in marketing, advertising and accounting. Therefore, if you have experience and qualifications in these kinds of positions, you are likely to find it easier landing a job.
Migration has always favoured skilled workers in Australia, so if you have a management or professional role or skill involved in this area, you are in good standing for employment.
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
Motor mechanics are in demand all across Australia and if you are in a specialist area such as automotive electrician, automatic transmission mechanic, automotive air-conditioning mechanic or brake mechanic, even better.
This category also includes other trades such as metal machinists, sheet metal workers, panel beaters, welders, fitters and metal fabricators, although demand for particular specialisations varies across different Australian states.
Although it may not feature as highly in the list of the industry and professions with the most demand for migrant workers, there is still huge demand for skilled and qualified engineers of all kinds.
This includes mechanical, industrial, electronics, transport and electrical engineers.
Whilst, like many Western countries, Australia has a demand for temporary farm labourers to help with mundane tasks such as crop picking, there are also many opportunities for more highly skilled agricultural workers.
No matter whether you’re a dairy or mixed crop farmer you’ll find farming on an unimaginable scale in Australia with good salaries to match.
However, this year the number of livestock farmers on the list has been cut from 5934 in 2019 to 0. It is in fact the only job category to be removed from the list so we are wondering whether it is an administrative error as farmers and agricultural workers are still needed in Australia.
Other occupations on the skilled migration list 2021
In total there are over 200 occupations listed on the Skilled Migration list, including some specialist jobs with low ceilings where you may still have a good chance of being accepted if you have the right specialist skills and there are fewer people applying.
Here is a list of some such occupations:
Change From 2019
|Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||2241||1,000||0|
|Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||2341||1,000||0|
|Boat Builders and Shipwrights||3991||1,000||0|
|Cartographers and Surveyors||2322||1,000||0|
|Chemical and Materials Engineers||2331||1,000||0|
|Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists||2342||1,000||0|
|Child Care Centre Managers||1341||1,000||0|
|Chiropractors and Osteopaths||2521||1,000||0|
|Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||3122||1,000||0|
|Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||3422||1,000||0|
|Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||3123||1,000||0|
|Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists||2344||1,000||0|
|Internal Medicine Specialists||2533||1,000||0|
|Land Economists and Valuers||2245||1,000||0|
|Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers||2612||1,000||0|
|Optometrists and Orthoptists||2514||1,000||0|
|Other Engineering Professionals||2339||1,000||0|
|Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals||2519||1,000||0|
|Precision Metal Trades Workers||3233||1,000||0|
|Sheetmetal Trades Workers||3222||1,000||0|
|Speech Professionals and Audiologists||2527||1,000||0|
|Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||2633||1,000||0|
|Telecommunications Technical Specialists||3132||1,000||0|
Occupations with increased demand in 2021
Despite the coronavirus and challenging economic outlook, some occupations have actually increased in demand.
As you might expect these include a lot of medical and health workers, but also teachers and many job categories in the construction industry.
Increase From 2019
|2||University Lecturers and Tutors||2421||5,042||1,635|
|3||Other Specialist Managers||1399||4,188||1,144|
|4||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||2335||2,682||1,082|
|5||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||2411||3,321||1,027|
|6||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||3223||4,866||883|
|8||Electronics Trades Workers||3423||2,047||734|
|9||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||2531||4,257||707|
|10||Secondary School Teachers||2414||8,716||664|
|11||Special Education Teachers||2415||1,721||610|
|16||Animal Attendants and Trainers||3611||1,239||188|
|17||Civil Engineering Professionals||2332||3,919||147|
|19||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||3311||1,712||102|
|20||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||2212||1,619||67|
|21||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||2349||1,056||56|
|22||Medical Laboratory Scientists||2346||1,536||31|
Occupations with decreased demand in 2021
Naturally with the current recession and highest unemloyment in a generation, many job categories have seen reduced demand for 2021.
However, on the bright side they are still in demand and you only need one job, so if you have any of these skills and dream of starting a new life in Australia, then it is well worth applying.
Below are the top 20 occupations with most reduced demand in 2021 compared to 2019.
Occupation Ceiling 2021
Change From 2019
|2||Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials||4523||1,262||-2,809|
|4||Carpenters and Joiners||3312||6,812||-1,724|
|7||Architects and Landscape Architects||2321||1,452||-719|
|8||Wall and Floor Tilers||3334||1,000||-682|
|9||Metal Fitters and Machinists||3232||6,335||-672|
|14||Software and Applications Programmers||2613||8,405||-343|
|15||ICT Business and Systems Analysts||2611||2,273||-314|
|16||Computer Network Professionals||2631||2,245||-308|
|18||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||3421||1,581||-270|
|20||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists||2621||2,667||-220|
How to get a visa if your occupation is not on the list
Before you submit your Expression of Interest form it is very important that you do your research and seek advice from experts. Our article on How to make a successful EOI application on Skillselect will help you get started. It also provides contact details for reliable registered MARA visa agents.
Don’t despair if your role is not on the most wanted list or if you don’t receive an invitation.
These occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. So don’t panic if your job is not on the list – there may be other options available.
The best route to getting a visa is being sponsored by an employer. The Employer Nomination Scheme visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, live and work in Australia permanently. If you have a job offer it greatly increases your chances of success.
But we, at PSS International Removals, are in touch with a number of employers and recruiters actively looking to find skilled workers in the UK looking to move either to Australia or elsewhere in the world.
If you would like us to put you in touch, then complete this form on our website detailing your skills and requirements. We will then forward your details in confidence and we take no payment for this service.