Identifying jobs in High Demand

Every business, large and small, relies on having appropriately skilled people to get the job done. For some occupations, recruiting people with the right skills can be difficult.  Businesses are faced with three choices:

  1. Grow their own talent through entry level training an apprenticeship or traineeship
  2. Upskill or reskill an existing worker into a new job role
  3. Recruit from elsewhere – local, interstate, overseas

The Northern Territory Government invests over $23M into skill development - from entry level to specialist high level upskilling to make sure we have people with the right skills to get the jobs done.

But how does Government know what skills business needs?

The NT Skilled Occupation Priority List or NTSOPL is published each year by the NT Government.  Each year, the list is revised, and a new list is published. Together with NT Government economic modelling data , all occupations are taken into consideration and the recruitment difficulties faced by business form a critical part of working out which jobs go on the list for the following year.

2018 Northern Territory skilled occupation priority list

The role of ISACNT

Industry Skills Advisory Council (ISACNT) works with business and peak industry bodies to gather evidence about the jobs that are hard to fill. Information is collected throughout the year, so ISACNT is always keen to hear from anyone experiencing difficulties recruiting skilled staff. From November each year, ISACNT analyses all evidence collected over the past year and makes recommendations to the NT Government.  Confidential business information is not disclosed without permission.

Evidence that a job is a priority

Jobs that are hard to fill may experience

  • long vacancy rates
  • few candidates applying
  • specialty skills or licenses
  • growth industry sectors
  • rapid change due to technology
  • ​long training time to get a person skilled

How can you contribute?

There are a number of ways for NT businesses to report on hard to fill jobs in the NT:

If you have a job vacancy in your business that is hard to fill, ISACNT encourage you to report it.