In a survey of more than 3,400 organisations, representing over 4.7 million employees, the annual Hays Salary Guide, has found strategy and consulting departments will lead jobs growth in the region, with 71 per cent of employers indicating they’ll add to their headcount in this area.
According to the survey this area is followed by distribution (57 per cent), engineering, general management, sales and IT departments (all 53 per cent), operational management and project management (both 50 per cent) and human resources (49 per cent) departments.
“Permanent hiring intentions have increased steadily over the past five years, peaking in 2018, and we’ve seen this remain consistent so far in 2019,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand. “Employers tell us they will continue adding to their headcount over the next few months. The key driver is the rapid pace of change, leading to restructures and transformational projects. So, despite well documented cost pressure, organisations plan to invest in adding highly skilled professionals to their organisations to successfully implement business change.”
“The widening skills gap is a cause of concern though,” he adds. “70 per cent of employers we surveyed said skill shortages will impact the effective operation of their business or department, up from 67 per cent last year.”
According to the latest Hays Jobs Report, released today and covering the July to December 2019 half, skills in demand include:
- Accountancy & Finance: Business, Commercial and Financial Analysts with business partnering skills, Management Accountants, Commercial Managers and experienced professional practice Accountants.
- Architecture: Revit Technicians, Graduate Architects who can work autonomously and Landscape Designers.
- Banking: Suitably qualified Advisors, Credit Assessors and Operational Risk & Conduct Risk, Anti-Money Laundering Financial Crime and Regulatory Compliance professionals.
- Construction: Project Managers, Site Engineers, Contract Administrators, Design Managers and Site Managers in civil infrastructure.
- Contact Centres: Customer Service Consultants who can use a web chat system and Team Leaders and Managers who have set up digital or omni-channel customer service functions.
- Defence: Systems Engineers, Validation & Verification Engineers and System Safety Engineers with relevant skills and experience.
- Digital Technology: Full Stack .Net and Java Developers, DevOps Engineers from a development background, Azure/AWS Architects, CX Designers and Data Scientists, Engineers and Analysts with experience in SQL, R or Python and data visualisation tools.
- Education: Early Childhood Teachers, OOSH Coordinators and contract Teachers who can finish the last two terms of the school year.
- Energy: Project Managers and Project Development Managers with experience managing large wind or solar construction projects.
- Engineering: Civil Engineers and Drafters with infrastructure experience, Engineers, Drafters and 12D Designers with land development experience and Road and Traffic Engineers.
- Executive: CFO’s with experience capital raising for project finance, future-focused C-suite executives and executives who can manage cyber security risk.
- Facilities Management: Contract Managers, Relationship Managers and Service Coordinators with IT and infrastructure expertise and Facilities Managers with wellbeing experience.
- Healthcare: Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists in the disability sector, Registered Nurses and Case Managers in aged care and Psychologists in mental health.
- Human Resources: Commercially-minded HR Business Partners, HR Generalists who can support change projects, Talent Acquisition Specialists and L&D professionals.
- Information Technology: Cyber Security Consultants, Data Scientists, Engineers and Analysts, Change and Agile practitioners, Cloud Engineers and End User Support professionals.
- Insurance: Insurance Risk and Compliance specialists, Senior Life Insurance professionals and Account Executives and Managers with insurance software and product knowledge.
- Legal: Financial Services Advisory Lawyers, Construction Litigation Lawyers, Commercial Property Lawyers and Conveyancing staff.
- Life Sciences: Study Start Up specialists, Clinical Research Associates, Regulatory Affairs professionals and Medical Science Liaisons.
- Logistics: Freight Forwarders, Transport Allocators, Import and Export Coordinators and Wharf Fleet Controllers.
- Marketing & Digital: Campaign Analysts, Content Managers and Writers, Hybrid Marketing Managers and CRM professionals.
- Office Support: Executive and Personal Assistants with project experience, Team Assistants and Document Controllers.
- Policy & Strategy: Policy and Program Managers, Grants Officers and Managers and cultural and transformation Change Project Managers.
- Projects & Business Change: SAP-proficient Project Managers and Project and Change Managers with experience in regulatory change and cultural compatibility.
- Property: Commercial Leasing and Sales Agents, Centre and Retail Managers and Residential Property Managers.
- Resources & Mining: Exploration Geologists, Mining Engineers, Drill and Blast Operators, HD Fitters, Auto Electricians and Dump Truck Operators.
- Retail: Store Managers with experience implementing change, skilled Merchandise Planners and Merchandise Allocators.
- Sales: Business Development Managers with industry specific experience, a well-developed network and a proven track record.