Fourth industrial revolution means Australia needs emerging technology skills

by Ray Clancy on April 6, 2017

in Jobs in Australia

Australia is likely to see many more new jobs created in digital technology in the coming years and will need skills from overseas as there is currently a technological divide between what employers want and what job seekers can provide.

Approaching what is known as ‘the fourth industrial revolution’ with the must have skills being able to work in emerging digital jobs in areas like robotics, 3D printing and data analysis, there is a gap, according to recruiting experts Hays.

One of the main problems will be recruiting enough people with the right skills because experts in new technologies are currently wanted around the world and could, if they wished, effectively choose where the want to work.

Of the new jobs added to the Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand, almost all require the knowledge and capabilities needed to utilise new emerging technologies and digital trends, from new systems to robotics, and 3D printing to data analytics.

‘If you aren’t continuously upskilling in new technology relevant to your field, you’re behind the times. Change happens so fast that some of the skills now required hadn’t been heard of a few years ago,’ said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

‘There aren’t many jobs or industries where technology isn’t integral. With an overwhelming number of emerging new technologies, our advice is to narrow your focus to those that are or could be adopted in your field. No one can be an expert in every new development, so upskill in only those relevant to your job or the job you aspire to,’ he explained.

Hays has found that many people are aware of the need to upskill. ‘Without development, the gap between the skills employers want and those jobseekers possess will only continue to widen,’ Deligiannis added.

According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report, a selection of skills in demand include commercial analysts with experience creating financial models and VBA programming. Employers also want accountancy professionals with IT programming skills who can contribute to system improvement and automation projects.

Architects need to be able to use a broad range of digital devices and tools, including GPS positioning, 3D printing and VR while investment analysts in the banking sector are required to understand data and build strategies while following a firm’s corporate values.

Technology focused school teachers are in demand, particularly IT integrators and coordinators with both teaching and learning, as well as IT technical expertise while there is also demand for electrical engineers with solar design expertise.

People are needed to programme automated controls systems, instructional designers who can innovate an organisation’s e-learning or L&D frameworks, mobile app developers to diversify digital strategy across multiple platforms and systems engineers to focus on virtualisation and cloud based solutions.

Also in demand are digital content producers who can undertake website maintenance and write content, skilled sales administrators with advanced technical skills who can manage large amounts of data and technical business analysts who can work on major system upgrades and implementations and possess SAP experience.

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