The nation's peak body for the engineering profession has pilloried poor planning of infrastructure spending in Australia, claiming that it leads to wild fluctuations in levels of employment demand as well as a scarcity of engineers.

Engineers Australia said its most recent analysis of the country’s employment market indicates that job prospects have worsened for engineering professionals over the past two years, with 23 successive months of declining job vacancies. The professional body imputes this decline to what it refers to as the “parlous state” of…