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Accounting, legal, and procurement professionals are in demand in response to organisations undergoing structural change, according to the Hays Quarterly Hotspot list of in-demand jobs. A driving force behind the demand is the improvement of productivity levels.
“The gloss has gone off the resources and mining sector, and we are moving away from a two-speed economy to a system of micro-economies that are creating pockets of employment opportunities. Even in the most challenging sectors,” said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays Australia and New Zealand.
There remains demand for professionals in mining and resources; particularly for mining engineers, mine surveyors, and geotechnical engineers. Employers are focusing on the continued operation of their existing mine sites, as opposed to expanding or opening new mines. The roles in demand are intended to ensure that existing mines continue producing.
Medical specialists also remain in demand; such as nurses, physiotherapists, medical device reps, and aged care specialists. Candidates willing to work remotely are in constant demand.
Professionals; such as commercial accountants, finance executive, marketing professionals, and commercial lawyers, are increasingly sought after. As are bi-lingual client services/account managers, sales professionals, and telemarketers.
“Demand is not evident in every function in every location, but there are pockets of specific skill shortages. Employers are replacing department staff and making selective staff investment in roles that can add immediate value to their business. Employer will only make job offers to the top tier candidates. They are still looking for industry specific skills and background that matches their industry,” added Mr Deligiannis.