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The Bright Future for Australia’s Electricians

clock icon Published Friday, May 24, 2019 / By Gary Montgomery

The future looks bright for Australia’s electricians. Their skills are some of the most sought-after in the country, and they are also some of the nation’s best-paid workers. Between a lack of qualified professionals and a spike in demand from projects, the hiring landscape is highly favourable for electricians with proven ability. Below, we’ll examine these dynamics more closely and evaluate how they are improving electrical employment prospects.


The future looks bright for Australia’s electricians. Their skills are some of the most sought-after in the country, and they are also some of the nation’s best-paid workers.

Between a lack of qualified professionals and a spike in demand from projects, the hiring landscape is highly favourable for electricians with proven ability. Below, we’ll examine these dynamics more closely and evaluate how they are improving electrical employment prospects.

Major Projects are Increasing Demand

Throughout Australia, a surge of new construction is underway. It is expected to continue for years, and the electrical industry is benefiting as a result. Demand for electrical professionals is skyrocketing in a variety of sectors.

Over the next 4 years, extensive rail infrastructure projects will have a massive need for electrical workers. New metros are being built throughout Sydney, and new light rails are being erected in Sydney, Parramatta, and Newcastle. Underground electrical infrastructure will need to be laid along the rail routes, and electrical installations will also need to be made within stations, operation centres, and the rail cars themselves.

The National Broadband Network is in the midst of a large expansion as well, with just about every major city and many metropolitan area suburbs boasting builds in progress. This is necessitating more electricians than are even currently available.

Another source of demand is Australia’s renewable energy boom, which has resulted in an eruption of new infrastructure projects. Major wind and solar endeavours are requiring skilled electricians to install and maintain power generation and storage systems.

Talent Shortage

Unfortunately, the increasing demand is coming at a time when the electrical industry is going through a significant talent shortage. This has come about thanks to a cultural over-emphasis on pursuing university education, rather than trades.

As a result, there was a dwindling number of young people entering the field until 2016. The trend has fortunately turned around, with an uptick in enrolments in electrical training programs since then.

This climate has created fierce competition among employers for the few electrical professionals who possess the right qualifications and experience. Consequently, electrician roles have become some of the hardest positions to fill. As much as 35% of the country’s electrician openings fail to find suitable candidates after a 60-day recruiting period.

What Does This Mean for Electricians?

Skilled electrical professionals have promising prospects in the coming years. It is expected that employment demand will steadily rise until 2022, giving them ample choice among the best positions and employers available.

Electricians have notable leverage when seeking out new careers, as they are able to command generous benefits and compensation. In fact, wages are predicted to increase over the next 5-10 years.

Find a Promising Career in the Electrical Industry

If you are looking for a job as an electrician, Core Talent is here to help you on your path to success. Get in touch with our expert recruiters to discover the opportunities that await.

Or, if you would like to learn more about Electrical Industry Salaries you can download your copy of the 2019 Salary Survey here.

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