Work life balance in Australia is set to improve in 2017 which could also bring in a trend of super temps working alongside permanent staff, according to recruitment experts.
Job seekers are also likely to be able to negotiate a better work life balance and have more salary negotiating powers as the country moves towards what is being called a ‘blended workforce.
Recruitment firm Hays says that 2016 saw the rapid rise in the use of temporary and contract workers and this is set to expand as employers seek more flexibility with the creation of super temps, highly skilled professionals who work on assignment in an interim executive or senior role.
It also forecasts that the public sector’s focus on temporary assignments will see employers extending the life of contracts in skill short areas beyond the usual end of financial year cycle.
Looking ahead to 2017 Hays says that there is likely to be a shortage of highly skilled professionals, especially in Queensland and Western Australia and this is set to intensify in New South Wales, Victoria and ACT.
People with highly honed skills, extensive experience and technology expertise will be highly sought after and an increase in overseas workers with the right skills can be expected.
This forecast of a shortage of highly skilled candidates will provide more negotiating leverage for job seekers, which will add to salary and benefits pressure. But people will want better work and life balance and it is expected that active desking and working from home options will be utilised more often.
The jobs most in demand will be found in IT and digital skills with business working in the cybercrime sector particularly seeking new recruits as organisations are shifting their focus to preventing cyberattacks rather than fighting them off as they occur. In 2017 this will see demand increase for candidates who can manage and assess risk as well as build ways to combat it.
When it comes to the way candidates are recruited, Hays suggests that so called blind recruitment will become more widespread. The practice where al personal details such as name, gender, age and location are removed from applications is already being used by some high profile organisations such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A report from the Department of Employment suggest that healthcare is likely to see the most new jobs between now and 2018, along with education, training and construction while jobs will decline in manufacturing, mining, forestry and agriculture.
Almost 50,000 news jobs will have been created in the medical services sector along with 43,000 in allied health services, 30,000 in social services and 30,000 also in hospitals as the country’s population gets older. In the health sector, the biggest growth will be for aged and disabled carers, followed by registered nurses, then nursing support and personal care workers.
The report also says that the biggest number of new jobs will be New South Wales, followed by Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.