Skills in Demand in Australia for 2017

January 13, 20178:42 am1006 views

Looking for a new job in 2017? If you’re a Financial Analyst, Payroller, Site Manager, Data Analyst, DevOps Engineer or Sales Administrator you’re in luck. These are just six of the skills that recruiting experts Hays thinks will be in high demand in Australia in 2017.

In its latest Hays Quarterly Report, covering the January to March 2017 quarter, the recruiter says those with experience in renewable energy, disability case load management or HR business partnering will be needed too. Relevant experience in your field in itself is not enough to secure a job in 2017. This year, you need to go above and beyond a job description and offer something more.

“In compiling our list of skills in demand, one common trend was employers’ requests for candidates who can add extra value,” says Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

“That could be through previous experience in a related discipline, prior process improvements or efficiency gains, additional tickets or qualifications, advanced digital or systems skills, all of which allow a candidate to perform supplementary duties. Any candidate who offers additional value stands out.”

In terms of the active sectors for 2017, Nick says there are few to watch. “Infrastructure projects are driving the construction, engineering and property markets, professional services is active, the focus on cyber security and big data keeps the IT industry busy, and the continued emphasis on risk, compliance and financial planning fuels the banking industry.”

Here are the skills in demand in 2017 in Australia:

  • Financial and Commercial Analysts: Required to provide insights and analysis to operations to drive improved business performance.
    • Payrollers: As an essential role, departing staff are immediately replaced.
    Professional practice accountants: Fine-tuned technical skills are not enough; employers want exceptional verbal and written communication skills, business acumen and the ability to engage with clients.
    Architects: Sought in the eastern states and South Australia for development projects that require planning and design. Revit software skills are valued.
    Paraplanners and Financial Planners: Candidates with a degree and ADFP or CFP are in short supply.
    Quantitative Risk Analysts/Modellers, particularly in credit risk: An increase in the amount of lending, with move to online applications and IFRS 9 requirements has fuelled demand.

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  • Early Childhood Teachers: Qualified candidates are in high demand but short supply.
    • IT Integrators/Coordinators: Skills in teaching and learning, as well as technical IT expertise, are needed in schools.
    Renewable energy: As renewable energy becomes increasingly popular, these candidates are needed in the energy sector.
    Civil and Structural Engineers: Sought across the country in response to various infrastructure requirements both – residential and commercial projects.
    Residential Building Managers: In high demand in eastern states as more high-rise residential projects are completed.
    Case Managers: Needed in healthcare, specifically the disabilities sector, in response to the NDIS. Employers want candidates with high volume case load experience.
    Senior HR Advisors and HR Business Partners: Professionals who add value to the bottom line rather than solely offering traditional HR services are sought.
    Senior Claims Consultants and Claims Assessors: Required in the life insurance industry as insurers restructure teams and decrease portfolio sizes for claims staff.
    DevOps Engineers: Given the automation trend, candidates with multiple skills are needed to create agile production environments.
    • Mid to senior level Construction and Property Lawyers: Current construction and infrastructure projects and active property markets in certain locations create demand across the in-house, private practice and government sectors.
    Supply Chain/Inventory Managers: Those with tertiary qualifications and FMCG experience are sought.
    Data Analysts: Needed to manage and manipulate data to gather insights and trends in order to inform predict and therefore develop targeted calls to action.
    Clinical Research Associates: Pharma, biotech and medical device companies are outsourcing trials to contract research organisations, which creates this staffing demand.
    Production Managers: Regardless of whether a company manufactures in Australia or not, products must be assembled and delivered on time and within budget.
    Change Managers: Adaptable Change Managers who can work across technology, process and cultural change are needed in the government and financial services sectors.
    Skilled Sales Administrators: Required to support growth in sales teams. Candidates need advanced technical skills and the ability to manage large amounts of data.
    Residential Property Managers: Sought in many states and territories to grow a rental property business.
    Store Managers: Needed in response to the growth of retailers.
    Policy Officers: Experienced candidates with strong written and analytical capabilities are wanted to progress government initiatives.

The rapid rise in robotics and automation will start to increase job opportunities in the industrial robotics and service robotics sectors, the NDIS is creating a huge need for front line case managers, and there is shortage of qualified childcare staff in educations sector.

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