Digital project management skills and those with expertise in civil construction and data analysis are likely to be most in demand from employers in Australia in 2019, according to a new jobs report.

Those looking for skilled positions in Australia will also see demand in accountancy and finance, particularly senior auditors, and in construction with carpenters in particular demand for commercial and civil projects.


The report from recruiting experts Hays also suggests that there will be shortages for early childhood teachers, registered nurses, and boilermakers, welders and fitters in the oil and gas industry.

The biannual report earmarks risk and compliance, civil construction and data analysis as core areas of demand until June 2019.

'Recruitment activity will remain buoyant during the first half of the year, especially for highly-skilled professionals who perform non-routine tasks that are not subject to automation,' said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia.

'With several major infrastructure projects underway or soon to commence across the country, the resurgence of the resources industry, technological transformations and a widening talent mismatch, the demand for skilled professionals is expected to rise even further over the coming six months,' he added.

Hays believes that job seekers will need to demonstrate their data fluency, strategic thinking and readiness for AI-integrated workforces to stand out from the crowd in 2019.

It also says that employers are going to find it harder to find people with the expertise they need, particularly in high skill industries and for roles that require highly skilled professionals such as IT, engineering, financial services and professional services. This could lead to employers exploring different recruiting strategies, including looking overseas.

'It's important to stay on top of the latest trends. Given the pace of change, the only thing certain in 2019 is that a jobseeker's capacity to learn will start to become more valuable than the hard skills they already possess,' Deligiannis explained.

'Organisations in Australia want to position for growth in 2019. With demand and supply issues intensifying, they'll need to up the talent ante to achieve growth while striking the right balance between technological integration and human skills,' he added.

He also believes that in 2019 the focus will be on recruiting talent who can capture more information from an increasing number of data points, such as the Internet of Things, a market that has been predicted to double by 2021, and previously unused dark data, but crucially also derive actionable insights from that data.

It is expected that Australia's talent mismatch between the skills job seekers possess and those employers want will expand even further, after growing for the past five years.