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ACT Job Vacancies above 10 year average


Job vacancies in the ACT at the end of October 2021 hit 6,735 – 40% higher than the long-term average, according to the Job Vacancies October 2021 report.

At the same time, the ACT’s unemployment rate has become the nation’s highest at 6.6%, highlighting the mismatch between the skills of people looking for work, and the skills being demanded by industry. The MBA believes a significant increase in apprenticeship funding is needed to help address this mismatch.

Two building and construction occupations made the top 10 for job ad increases – building and plumbing labourers at #8, and other miscellaneous technicians and trades (includes interior designers and fire protection technicians) at #10.

In the ACT 30 construction occupations had a higher than average increase in job ads in October, including:

  • Construction managers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Plumbers
  • Concreters
  • Painting trades
  • Wall and floor tilers

The ACT Government has announced a new grants program to help businesses attract skilled workers. Applications will close on 18 February 2022. For more information go to