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Commercial analysts and site managers top skills in demand in 2018, says Hays Australia

Commercial analyst, site manager, developer, executive assistant, change analyst or social worker are just six of the skills that Hays says will be in high demand in 2018.

The latest Hays Jobs Report, covering January to June 2018, points to strong vacancy activity for cyber security, DevOps and civil construction professionals too – all roles that can’t (yet) be automated.

With the monthly ABS Labour Force report showing 14 consecutive months of jobs growth and Hays’ own survey of employers finding 45% will increase permanent staff levels in the financial year to June 2018, the six months ahead look set to be strong with continuing momentum.

“This is no nine-day wonder,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand. “We start 2018 off the back of a strong, stable run of jobs growth where the labour market grew by over 383,000 positions in the past 12 months. Basically, more people are looking for and finding work.

“New calendar year hires will add to momentum as employers fills gaps in their headcount to take advantage of strong economic conditions.”

In terms of the active industries for 2018, Deligiannis says construction, professional services, healthcare and IT & Telecommunications are the ones to watch.

He also points to the need for non-routine workers, a trend reflected in the Hays Jobs Report. He added, “The rapid rise in robotics and automation will create highly-skilled roles that require people with particular knowledge and expertise in non-routine and non-repetitive tasks.”

According to the Hays Jobs Report, skills in demand include:

  • Commercial analysts in response to a greater focus on growth and a desire for revenue generation to be driven from finance not operations;
  • Data analysts with both hard and soft skills who can use digital tools and pull data together while managing stakeholders and communicating the evidence for decision-making purposes;
  • Digital marketing analysts who are experienced digital marketers and can also implement a full marketing strategy;
  • Cyber security and DevOps specialists as the need for risk mitigation and process improvements increases;
  • PHP, Drupal, Native iOS and Android and Microsoft SQL BI Developers given the popularity of these tools;
  • Business development managers to drive new business growth;
  • HR business partners to imbed HR into a business and ensure internal clients have a strong point of contact for HR issues;
  • Executive assistants with strong experience;
  • Change analysts with skills in organisational change;
  • Policy officers and senior policy officers in response to various initiatives, particularly in the areas of family violence and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS);
  • Procurement professionals with full end-to-end experience, especially around service contracts as opposed to goods;
  • Property & construction lawyers given the active property market;
  • Residential property managers with experience;
  • Project managers, site managers and contract administrators for construction projects;
  • Project lead architects with exposure to all stages of a project;
  • Facilities managers/facilities coordinators since new and aging buildings require planned and reactive maintenance;
  • Civil design engineers in the residential land development and subdivision market;
  • Schedulers/planners in the energy sector, particularly Primavera P6 specialists with large-scale project experience;
  • Clinical research associates as more clinical trials are conducted in Australia;
  • Social workers in the children and families space, including family and domestic violence;
  • Early childhood teachers in response to population growth;
  • Deputy principals and principals in the schools sector;
  • Mortgage lenders as banks promote existing performers and backfill vacated roles;
  • Insurance brokers who can perform the basics right and consult with clients;
  • Customer engagement managers as companies develop and implement strategies to build loyalty and improve the customer experience;
  • Skilled merchandise planners with traditional bricks and mortar Australian retail experience;
  • Continuous improvement managers as organisations look for ways to become more competitive in the manufacturing sector;
  • Fleet controllers with wharf experience, especially for night shifts;
  • Project engineers in the oil & gas sector as construction and upgrade projects commence in response to the demand for more gas;
  • Mechanical fitters in certain locations in response to expansions in the resources & mining industry;
  • Civil operators for a large number of civil projects.

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