Financial Accountants – There is a shortage of professionals with the required qualifications and government experience. Candidates willing to fill temporary roles are particularly sought by various State Government departments in Western Australia that have transitioned from shared service.
Business Analysts – Employers are looking for temporary candidates to capture and then interpret data for internal reports.
Systems Accountants – Again these professionals are sought on a temporary basis in State Government departments that are moving onto new systems for operational reporting. But there is a shortage of Systems Accountants with the required mix of finance and IT skills.
Management and Project Accountants – Employers are looking for candidates to fill temporary roles to help with budget preparation, easing the backlog of work resulting from system changes, and to assist with audit preparation from funding bodies.
Finance Officers – There is continuous demand for candidates with strong invoicing and reconciliation skills to fill temporary roles.
Accounts Payable – Again candidates are sought for temporary roles since the implementation of new systems has created a backlog of work. In addition, the shortage of candidates with Oracle and KOFAX skills has seen these candidates become in increasing demand. Candidates with experience using Great Plains and Technology One are also in short supply.
Payrollers – The shortage of people with broad and in-depth payroll experience
remains. Candidates with Chris 21 skills and State Government experience are in particular demand, while those with experience using Neller Preceda are in short supply as it is such a rare system.
External Budgeters – This job title is found in Canberra, where there is a shortage of available people with government clearances to fill this role.
Job creation is starting to increase, and the supply of candidates with the relevant required experience is steady, and in some cases even decreasing. However the process of gaining approval to recruit is more extensive and therefore the recruitment process can be prolonged.
Most vacancies are the result of replacing departing staff or backfilling previous roles, rather than new job creation.
Most employers prefer to recruit on a temporary basis initially, and then will consider candidates that perform well for permanent positions. Candidates continue to view the public and not-for-profit sectors as very attractive and stable employers.
In areas where there have been recruitment freezes in place, we expect to see some level of re-hiring in the new calendar year.