Architects, professional practice accountants and sales people are the most in demand in Australia with opportunities likely to be around for years, according to recruitment experts.

According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand, experienced professionals working in accountancy support, financial planning, healthcare, insurance, legal firms and marketing are also in high demand and are not expected to see demand wane any time soon.

WorkerSome of these highly skilled jobs are available to overseas workers who can get skilled visas, but the department of immigration always advises candidates from other countries to check to avoid disappointment.

"These professionals are well placed to find and keep jobs. They don't need to future proof themselves as they already have the technical skills and experience employers will continue to need in future years," said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand. "Provided they keep their skills up to date, remain connected to their industry through social media, networking and their recruiter, and are digitally literate, professionals in these areas will experience ongoing career success."

The report says there is a severe shortage of accountancy support professionals, for example high volume payroll officers. Also in demand are highly skilled accounts payable professionals, accounts clerks, credit controllers, accounts receivable candidates and bookkeepers.

Most states and territories are reporting increasing demand for architecture skills. Given the current focus on residential projects and commercial redevelopments, mid-level architects, project architects and interior designers are all seeing high demand for their skills.

New qualification requirements in Australia's financial planning industry have led to an influx of roles within this space, particularly within banks, the report reveals.

"With educational requirements now harder to meet, an already candidate short market is under even more pressure. As a result we're seeing very high demand for financial planners with their CFP or degree," Deligiannis said.

Australia's growing aged care sector is creating ever increasing demand for case managers and coordinators, clinical care coordinators, endorsed enrolled nurses and clinical managers.

Other areas of healthcare demand include experienced child protection workers, social workers, general practitioners, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, radiographers, sonographers and speech pathologists.

The firm is also reporting high demand for skilled professionals in insurance as a whole, but especially for claims assessors in life insurance and general insurance, account executives and assistant account executives in brokering, insurance administrators in life and general insurance and superannuation processing officers.

The report mentions that the biggest trend within Australia's marketing sector is the ever increasing need for digital professionals and this shows no sign of abating. Digital producers, content producers, paid search executives, digital campaign managers, and Digital Marketing Coordinators and Managers are all sought.

The market is also very competitive for general communications and marketing candidates, as well as candidates with niche skills such as internal communications, change communications and digital communications.