Exploration Geologists, Data Scientists, Civil Engineers and HR Business Partners are just some of the skills sought by the 47 per cent of employers who plan to increase permanent staff levels in the next 12 months, according to recruitment experts, Hays.
In a survey of more than 3,400 organisations, representing over 4.7 million employees, for the annual Hays Salary Guide, the recruiter found that strategy and consulting departments are expected to lead jobs growth, with 71 per cent of employers indicating they’ll add to their headcount in this area.
This is followed by distribution (57 per cent), engineering, general management, sales and IT departments (all 53 per cent), operational management and project management (both 50 per cent) and human resources (49 per cent) departments.
Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, Nick Deligiannis, detailed that permanent hiring intentions have increased steadily over the past five years, peaking in 2018, and they’ve seen this remain consistent so far in 2019.
“Employers tell us they will continue adding to their headcount over the next few months. The key driver is the rapid pace of change, leading to restructures and transformational projects.”
“So, despite well-documented cost pressure, organisations plan to invest in adding highly skilled professionals to their organisations to successfully implement business change,” he commented.
However, the widening skills gap is a cause of concern.
“70 per cent of employers we surveyed said skill shortages will impact the effective operation of their business or department, up from 67 per cent last year,” Mr Deligiannis added.
According to the latest Hays Jobs Report, some of the relevant skills in demand include:
Accountancy and Finance: Business, Commercial and Financial Analysts with business partnering skills, Management Accountants, Commercial Managers and experienced professional practice Accountants.
Digital Technology: Full Stack .Net and Java Developers, DevOps Engineers from a development background, Azure/AWS Architects, CX Designers and Data Scientists, Engineers and Analysts with experience in SQL, R or Python and data visualisation tools.
Energy: Project Managers and Project Development Managers with experience managing large wind or solar construction projects.
Engineering: Civil Engineers and Drafters with infrastructure experience, Engineers, Drafters and 12D Designers with land development experience and Road and Traffic Engineers.
Executive: CFO’s with experience capital raising for project finance, future-focused C-suite executives and executives who can manage cybersecurity risk.
Facilities Management: Contract Managers, Relationship Managers and Service Coordinators with IT and infrastructure expertise and Facilities Managers with wellbeing experience.
Human Resources: Commercially-minded HR Business Partners, HR Generalists who can support change projects, Talent Acquisition Specialists and L&D professionals.
Information Technology: Cyber Security Consultants, Data Scientists, Engineers and Analysts, Change and Agile practitioners, Cloud Engineers and End User Support professionals.
Resources and Mining: Exploration Geologists, Mining Engineers, Drill and Blast Operators, HD Fitters, Auto Electricians and Dump Truck Operators.