A new report suggests companies need to up their wages to combat a growing skills shortage.
The 2017 Hays Skills Index found a talent mismatch, resulting in a gap between what employers want, and what's available.
The Index found a lull in workers available for IT, construction, and engineering jobs.
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Hays managing director Jason Walker says it's not helped by the fact wages aren't rising to lure in workers.
"That's in areas in the high-skilled industry such as engineering, technology, the construction and civil construction market, where there's a significant amount of work going on," he said.
Mr Walker says incentives are also a good way to compete for workers - particularly as he notes a lot of companies are simply unable to offer more money.
"A lot of these projects are priced earlier on in the piece, so two to three years ago - and a lot of those wages are already built in," he explained.
"Of course, a lot of organisations don't have the coffers to actually increase the salaries."
Mr Walker says if money can't be used as a lure, other incentives need to be looked at in order to get more people into the jobs.