Here Are The Most In-Demand Jobs In Australia

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Global recruitment agency Hays publishes data about the most in demand jobs a couple of times each year. Their forecast for the rest of this year is interesting as it suggests almost half of the businesses they work with are looking for permanent staff.

In the face of the rising gig economy where short term opportunities rule and job and wage security suffer, this is heartening news for many. And they've listed which jobs in a range of different industry vertical are likely to be on the most wanted list.

The full report is comprehensive and looks at 28 different job classifications covering everything from accountancy and finance, through to trades.

When you look a little more closely into the data Hays has produced, what's clear is that there are some generalist skills that a savvy applicant could use if they want to jump from their current industry vertical. For example, strong project management skills are sought across a number of different sectors. Similarly, communications kills, while lumped into the Marketing & Digital category can be applied across almost every other vertical.

Here are a few of the key trends in five of the verticals I think will be of the greatest interest.

Information Technology

  • In demand positions: Business analysts, project managers, data scientists, data engineers, data analysts, change managers, cloud engineers, System Operator Engineers, System Architects, Infrastructure Engineers and System Reliability Engineers, cyber security professionals, UX/UI Designers and Service Designers
  • Salary trends: Over half of employers will give their staff a pay rise of less than 3 per cent in their next review while 8 per cent will not increase salaries at all. 32 per cent will increase salaries between 3 to 6 per cent while 8 per cent will raise them by 6 per cent or more

Manufacturing & Operations

  • In demand positions: Field Service Technicians, Engineering Drafters, Production Managers, Engineering Managers, General Managers with technology and robotics industry experience, Safety Engineers, Systems Engineers, Project Engineers/Managers
  • Salary trends: 76 per cent of manufacturing employers will give their staff a pay rise of less than 3 per cent in their next review and 4 per cent will not increase salaries at all. A further 16 per cent will give staff an increase of 3 to 6 per cent. Just 4 per cent will increase by 6 per cent or more.

Marketing & Digital

  • In demand positions: Content Managers, Writers and Producers, Data Insight Managers and Analysts, Marketing automation skills, Bid and Tender Writers and Managers
  • Salary trends: 65 per cent of employers will give their marketing staff a pay rise of less than 3 per cent in their next review and 11 per cent will not increase salaries at all. A further 18 per cent will give staff an increase of 3 to 6 per cent. 6 per cent will increase by 6 per cent or more.

Engineering

  • In demand positions: Civil Engineers and Civil Drafters, Structural Designers, Client-side Project Managers
  • Salary trends: Over half of engineering, construction & property industry employers will give their staff a pay rise of less than 3 per cent in their next review, while 11 per cent will not increase salaries at all. 28 per cent will increase salaries between 3 to 6 per cent while 9 per cent will raise them by 6 per cent or more.

Digital Technology

  • In demand positions: Full Stack and Front-end Java developers, Azure and AWS developers
  • Salary trends: Developers with certifications and commercial experience working with cloud platforms are often able to command higher salaries. Over half of IT & telecommunications employers will give staff a pay rise of less than 3 per cent in their next review while 8 per cent will not increase salaries at all. 32 per cent will increase salaries between 3 to 6 per cent while 8 per cent will raise them by 6 per cent or more.

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