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Insurance professionals, childcare staff and energy maintenance workers are among the candidates in hottest demand in the second quarter of 2013, according to a new report by Hays Australia. This shows pockets of shortages for specific skills in a number of sectors including banking, childcare and energy.
“Candidates with personal line insurance [property/casualty insurance for individuals] backgrounds, such as claims consultants and insurance underwriters are in demand due to the recent storms and fires we have witnessed in New South Wales and Queensland,” said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia.
“There is also demand for early childhood candidates due to an increase in childcare centres and centres preparing for the new regulations that take effect in 2014. There is currently a shortage of early childhood teachers in the day care sector as these candidates often choose to work in primary schools or preschools where there can be shorter working hours, longer school holidays and there is more emphasis on teaching rather than childcare with better pay,” he said.
Companies also reported an increased demand for maintenance trades workers and asset managers in the transmission and distribution space within the energy sector. “Where funding for upgrades has not eventuated in some states, the current networks are aging and more expertise is required to get the optimal performance and prolong the life of current assets,” according to Mr Deligiannis.