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Operations, engineering and project management to lead jobs growth, says Hays

Civil engineers, change managers and UI/UX designers are three of the skills sought by the 45% of employers who say they’ll increase permanent staff levels this financial year.


This far exceeds the 11% who expect to decrease permanent staff levels. It’s also more positive than the financial year that was, when 42% of employers increased their permanent headcount but 20% decreased it.


According to Hays, operational management departments will lead this jobs growth, with 56% of employers indicating they’ll add to their headcount in this area.


Engineering departments follow closely behind (51%), with project management (49%) and purchasing/procurement, sales and human resources (all 47%) also expecting strong jobs growth.


41% of employers say they’ll add to their information technology headcount, 30% to their marketing team and 20% to their accountancy & finance department.


No employers plan to increase headcount in their distribution department. Apart from this one area, all other departments expect permanent staff increases to exceed any decreases.


These findings were revealed in the recruiter’s annual Hays Salary Guide, and are supported by its latest Hays Quarterly Report, covering the July to September 2017quarter and released today, which shows demand for a wide range of skills. These include:


• Civil engineers with infrastructure experience in response to the increase in specialised projects moving into design;


• Structural engineers and 12D, Revit and Civil 3D design drafters.


• Skilled change managers due to large enterprise-wide digital technology projects and transformation programs;


• Procurement managers with change management expertise for organisations that are building their procurement function;


• Business development managers and salespeople with a proven ability to understand their customers;


• Outbound sales and telesales candidates to maximise all opportunities to grow revenue through existing and new customers;


• Organisational change managers for HR teams with organisational change high up on the agenda;


• UI/UX designers and front end developers as start-ups, SMEs and large organisations all strive to create the best user experience for end customers;


• Data analysts to manage data and gather insights that lead to targeted calls to action;


• Accountants with data analysis skills as traditional finance roles evolve and blur the boundaries between finance and IT;


• Payrollers and credit controllers;


• Business improvement and corporate planning professionals as government departments move to shared service models and organisations streamline corporate functions;


• Financial planners with a degree and/or CFP qualifications for financial planning remediation projects;


• Residential property managers, commercial property managers, strata managers and development managers thanks to a buoyant high-rise apartment market in many locations and mixed-use commercial property investment;


• Contract administrators across residential, commercial and fit out construction;


• Architects with BIM/REVIT skills due to ongoing demand for residential dwellings;


• Facilities managers with service provider or consulting experience and technical facilities managers with experience in commercial high-rise buildings;


• Construction and property lawyers in response to current construction and infrastructure activity, especially in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and ACT;


• Executive assistants supporting multiple partners or an entire executive team;


• Teachers with a strong knowledge of HSC requirements and a proven record of student academic success;


• Clinical research associates in the life sciences sector as Clinical Research Organisations manage more studies in Australia;


• Case managers with a degree and high-volume case load experience in social care;


• Senior business analysts with life insurance industry knowledge and claims management experience;


• Production & operational managers for the food industry with technical and soft people management skills.


For more on the skills in demand, please see the Hays Quarterly Report at


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