Top 6 jobs in demand in Australia (and other trends)

Source: Business Insider

Recruiters Hays has just released its quarterly report showing the skills and jobs employees are looking for in Australia for 2017.

The six jobs in high demand are financial analyst, payroller, site manager, data analyst, development and operations engineer and sales administrator.

The report covering the January to March 2017 quarter also says there’s strong demand for those with in renewable energy, disability case load management or human resources (HR) business partnering.

But relevant experience 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.

According to the Hays Quarterly Report, other jobs in demand include:

Professional practice accountants: Hays says employers want exceptional verbal and written communication skills, business acumen and the ability to engage with clients.

Architects: 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 (advanced diploma of financial planning) or CFP (Certified Financial Planner) are in short supply.

Quantitative Risk Analysts/Modellers, particularly in credit risk: An increase in the amount of lending and the move to online applications fuel demand.

Early Childhood Teachers: Qualified candidates are in high demand and short supply.

IT Integrators/Coordinators: Skills in both teaching and learning, as well as technical IT expertise, are needed in schools.

Renewable energy roles: 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, residential and commercial projects.

Residential Building Managers: In high demand in eastern states as more high-rise residential projects are completed.

Heathcare Case Managers: Needed in healthcare, mainly the disabilities sector, in response to the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). 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 services are sought.

Insurance Claims Assessors: Required in the life insurance industry as insurers restructure teams and decrease portfolio sizes for claims staff.

Mid to senior level construction and property lawyers: Construction and infrastructure projects and active property markets in some areas are creating demand the in-house, private practice and government sectors.

Supply Chain/Inventory Managers: Those with tertiary qualifications and FMCG experience are sought.

Clinical Research Associates: This demand is created by pharma, biotech and medical device companies outsourcing trials to contract research organisations.

Production Managers: To deliver on time and within budget.

Change Managers: Adaptable managers who can work across technology, process and cultural change are needed in the government and financial services.

Residential Property Managers: Needed in many states and territories to grow a rental property business.

Retail Managers: Needed in response to the growth of retailers.

Policy Officers: Experienced with strong written and analytical capabilities for government initiatives.

Contract Managers: Across many locations.

Carpenters: Sought by multiple companies. There is a skill shortage.

Deligiannis says there are a few active industry sectors 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,” he says.

“The rapid rise in robotics and automation will start to increase job opportunities in the industrial robotics and service robotics sectors.

“The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is creating a huge need for front line case managers, and qualified childcare staff are still in short supply in education.”

Looking to migrate to work in Australia?

Many of these occupations are eligible for skilled migration. An experienced immigration advisor can you you determine which ANZSCO occupation category these roles fit within.  It's not always self evident!

For experienced professionals

  • Understand the SkillsSelect system. General Skilled Migration is now an "invitation only" visa - you must first receive an invitation to apply through the SkillSelect system. SkillSelect is now much more competitive in a number of occupations. There are now 8 "pro rata" occupations where there are more Expressions of Interest than there are available places. This means that the required points for an invitation may be higher or the waiting time longer. Even if you have 60 points, you may miss out altogether if you are in a pro-rata occupation.
  • Employers will be seeking skills in demand areas and may be prepared to sponsor a candidate that offers these skills and value add.
  • Regional areas offer a range of opportunities. If you are prepared to live outside of the main cities, state nomination is an option. State nomination gives you priority in SkillSelect - as soon as the nomination is completed, you receive an invitation immediately. Occupational quotas don't apply to state nominated visas, an additional 5-10 points are available under the skilled points test and there is a wider list of occupations available for state nomination

For students and graduates

  1. Follow these trends and chose a course that offers good job prospects. Many graduates are looking at employer sponsorship on completion of their studies, and you have a much better chance of getting a job offer with an employer if you study in a field you love and is in demand.
  2. Study what you are interested in.  Many students are persuaded to study courses because they are "good for PR", rather than what they are interested in. These days, there are no courses which guarantee you PR on completion, so it's important that you study in an area you are really interested and passionate about.

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