Skills Wanted in Australia

With Australia’s economy continuing to boom, a wide range of industries in Australia are now being affected by shortages of skilled workers. These shortages are driven primarily by the continuing surge in investments in mining as well as the country’s tourism industry. In conjunction with this the looming retirement of the baby boomer generation is also fueling skills shortages concerns.

According to the October to December Hays Quarterly Report, there are many skills that are still in demand in Australia. Engineers, Business Development Managers and Purchasing Officers are three of the many skills that remain in-demand in Australia. As a direct result of this Australian employers are now developing strategic recruitment plans for both local skilled workers and overseas skilled workers who make an Australian visa application to work in Australia.

The report has revealed that there are a lot of organizations investigating in retention strategies as a means to keep their best staff. Because of this, there’s still a shortage of high quality candidates for certain roles, in particular those that require excellent leadership skills and very specific experience. According to Hays employees are needed across sectors such as banking and accounting, construction, architecture.

In the Banking sector, Australia is in demand of the following occupations:

– Mortgage brokers

– Settlements and mortgage processing officers

– Relationship managers

– Business development managers

– Para planners

– Financial planners

– Senior financial planners

– Client services officers

– Notated lease consultant

– Vehicle finance sales managers and

– Experienced operational and credit risk assurance managers

In Construction, there is a demand for:

– Project managers

– Site managers

– Project engineers

– Foremen/women- Contract administrators

– Estimators

– Occupational health and safety specialists

The Engineering sector is in need of:

– 12D design engineers

– Senior structural engineers

– Senior civil design engineers within civil and structural

– Revit design drafters in building services

– Structural engineers with telecommunications experience

Australia’s Education sector is in demand of:

– Early childhood teachers

– Early childhood directors

– Diploma trained group leaders

– Casual certificate 3 early childhood staff and

– Secondary teachers in IT, sciences, mathematics and design and technology

The Healthcare sector is in need of:

– Locum physiotherapists with musculoskeletal, aged care or mining sector experience, – clinical nurse consultants,

– Facilities managers

– Community care coordinators

– Residential care coordinators

– Psychologists in aged care

– Nurse educators

– Occupational rehabilitation specialists

In IT, there is a high demand for:

– Levels 1 and 2 helpdesk support

– Service delivery managers

– Network engineers

– Microsoft system engineers

– Storage engineers specialists

– Mobile app developers (iOS/android/tablet)

– Business analysts and solution architects

Contact centers are in need of:

– Outbound sales professionals

– Experienced customer service representatives

– Team leaders and managers

– Sales team leaders

– Sales contact center managers

– Entry-level customer service officers with a stable resume and strong communications skills

For Human resources, jobs are needed in:

– Industrial relations specialists

– HR advisors with IR skills

– Learning and development consultants

– Workplace health and safety professionals

– Workforce planners

– RTO training coordinators

– HR generalists

For Sales and marketing, there is a high demand for:

– Business development managers

– Sales representatives

– Sales executives

– account managers

– Marketing managers

– Marketing communications managers

– Communications coordinators

– Marketing coordinators

– Digital marketing professionals

In Resources and Mining, there is still a high demand for:

– mine engineers

– Geologists

– Diesel fitters

– Electricians

– Occupational health and safety advisors

The Legal sector is in need of:

– Construction lawyers

– planning and environment lawyers

– Mid level corporate lawyers with an energy and resources focus

– banking and finance lawyers

– Litigation lawyers

– Insurance lawyers

– Employment lawyers

– Career paralegals

In addition, it was also highlighted in the October to December Hays Quarterly Report that employers are more likely to hire candidates with like-for-like experience and long-term loyalty in their CVs.

This has emphasized clearly that now may not be the time to break into a new industry.


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