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Despite a persistent tightness in the Australian labour market, there continues to be pockets of skills shortages; most notably in accountancy, insurance, sales, and IT, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots report.
Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, commented: “Job opportunities are available for skilled and experienced professionals. While the unemployment rate remains relatively flat at the moment, with expectations that it may edge up slightly by the middle of the year, skilled professionals in many key areas will still be needed. Employers in several non-mining sectors are growing, but they are facing a shortage of specific high-skilled talent.”
“Those people with high-level skills are already looking to change jobs to improve their prospects and career development,” he added.
A selection of skills in demand from the Hays Quarterly Hotspots for January to March 2014 are:
- Business Analysts – Employers are increasingly looking for Analysts with strong stakeholder engagement skills to drive process improvements and cost savings. They often want Analysts with strong operational experience who can build relationships with non-finance staff.
- Payroll Officers – There is a shortage of candidates with large payroll system experience. Payroll, Chris 21 and other large ERP systems are in demand in combination with high volume end-to-end experience.
- Management Accountants – Management reporting skills are sought to grow a business by capitalising on existing opportunities and looking at new areas. Hands-on candidates with the ability to understand and go beyond the numbers are highly sought after.
- Contact Centre Managers – Team Manager and Team Leader roles have increased within the financial services industry. Organisations usually promote these roles within, but they are now looking for diversity externally.
- Registered Nurses – Australian experienced Registered Nurses are needed at local hospitals and some nursing homes. Within the aged care sector there is a shortage of candidates with key skills and relevant experience. Specialist Renal Dialysis nurses are especially in demand.
- Organisational Change Managers – There is a strong appetite for change within businesses prompted by a greater focus on efficiency. Change Managers with solid stakeholder management experience are needed to support companies during restructuring.
- IT Project Managers – We are seeing high demand for Project Managers with Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing experience in response to the increase in analytics based projects.
- Business Intelligence Analysts and Reports Developers – Given the ongoing buzz around ‘big data’ and companies increasingly looking to use data to gain a competitive advantage, there has been an ongoing requirement for BI Analysts and BI Reports Developers (Cognos, SQL Server and SAP).
- Financial Services Lawyers – Demand is steadily increasing for Banking & Finance Lawyers due to a rise in transactional activity, particularly in specialised areas such as project finance. Candidates at Senior Associate level are in particular demand.
- Operation Managers – With continued focus on reducing costs and improving processes across manufacturing businesses, candidates with demonstrated experience in this area are sought by companies working in the Australian market.
- Property Managers – There is a shortage of high-quality and experienced Property Managers in the residential sector.
- Mining Engineers – Specialist Engineers with specific experience in the fields of Safety, Reliability, Business Improvement, Mechanical, Electrical and Mining Engineering are sought to improve operational standards, efficiency and safety at mining operations.
- Marketing Managers – Managers with experience leading large teams, e-commerce experience, social media skills and the ability to create traditional marketing campaigns are in high demand.
- Business Development Managers – Employers are looking for professionals to source new business and increase their market share, especially in the professional services and industrial sectors. Sales Representatives and Sales Managers are also sought after.
- Skilled Labourers – Employers need labourers with a minimum of five years’ experience on large commercial sites and a cross trade background. Skills such as carpentry, demolition, concreting, traffic control and being able to operate elevated work platforms are all in demand.