Quarterly update reveals the top professions currently hiring in Australia

by Ray Clancy on July 18, 2016

in Jobs in Australia

There has been an increase in job creation in Australia with professions popular with expats such as accountancy, finance, construction, engineering, energy and IT all recruiting.

Those who have skills in business development, digital projects or business analysis are likely to be in demand with financial planners and civil and structural engineers in the top 25 hiring hot list, according to the latest quarterly report from Hays.

employees-officeIndeed, the Hays Quarterly Report for July to September 2016 reveals that the new financial year and new budgets have brought with them a general sense of candidate confidence since permanent and temporary hiring intentions are positive.

‘There has been an increase in job creation in many industries in response to market positivity, with particularly high levels of recruitment activity in the professional services sector,’ says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

‘New financial year budgets, business change projects and higher workloads are also fuelling vacancy activity. In fact, 40% of employers say they intend to increase permanent headcount in the year ahead, while 21% say their use of temporary and contract resources will rise,’ he pointed out.

However, he also pointed out that employers’ requirements have become more demanding, but salaries are not increasing accordingly. As a result some candidates are instead negotiating workplace conditions and flexibility around working hours.

‘Even in Western Australia where the mining industry slowdown has reduced the rates on offer, candidates want city based roles in order to work closer to home to compensate,’ he added.

The top hot spot in hiring activity is accountancy and finance where there is strong demand for company accountants and financial controllers, as well as financial accountants with strong IFRS or listed reporting experience, business analysts, and cost accountants.

Next is architecture as the current active construction market means that the design of building projects sector is leading to increased vacancy activity in many states and territories. Design architects and project architects, town planners, senior architects and revit drafters are in demand.

In third place is banking and the report says that the entire wealth market is seeing increased demand for financial planners with a degree and ADFP, and preferably CFP. Anti-money laundering continues to be a focus and relationship managers in business banking are needed, while the increase in home loans is creating more jobs for mortgage lenders.

As several states experience a highly active construction market, there are openings for contracts administrators, estimators, foremen/women, project managers and site supervisors while in fifth place are contact centres with good levels of vacancy activity for telemarketing, sales teams and appointment setters.

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