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Accountancy & Finance - Public Sector

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Management Accountants – Candidates with budgeting experience within the Government sector, as well as those who have external budgets experience and business partnering skills are highly sought. Candidates able to provide both strategic advice and financial planning guidance to budget owners are in particular demand.

Finance Systems Analysts/System Accountants – We are seeing demand for candidates with strong business intelligence skills who can use software such as TM1 or Cognos as employers look to enhance the quality of data they can extract from general ledger systems. This information provides the wider business with better information to aide commercial decision making.

Financial Policy and Governance specialists – State Government departments are looking to recruit candidates who have expert knowledge of accounting standards and experience advising on complex transactions.

Business Analysts – Analysts who are able to work within a division, not the central finance function, are in demand. Those who have a specific focus on return on marketing investment are sought by charities due to increased competition for funding. Employers are looking at clarifying their marketing expenditure in order to determine its effectiveness. Temporary Business Analysts with healthcare sector, financial modelling and activity funding experience are also sought.

Payrollers – Employers within the public sector are seeking candidates with systems implementation or project experience. Payrollers with knowledge of the Chris 21, HR3 or ADP systems are particularly sought after as employers look to improve processes and reduce workloads by moving towards more automated systems.

Trends

Many public sector employers are looking to hire temporary contractors as market conditions improve. Demand for permanent staff is slowly increasing due to the implementation of new systems and the commencement of new projects. Skills in SAP and EPICOR are particularly sought after.

Across the not-for-profit space, vacancies are the result of staff turnover. Organisations in this sector are evaluating costing, forecasting and budgeting so that they can deliver more efficient services.

In education there has been an influx in temporary positions due to uncertainty about future funding. This has created a reluctance to hire permanently until the outlook is more certain.

The State Government in Victoria has been restructuring over the last 18 months. In cases where internal candidates were not matched for roles, positions will need to be filled. So we expect to see an influx of permanent positions in the next six months.

In South Australia a focus on business improvement, systems efficiency/upgrades and cost cutting has increased the demand for candidates with specific systems skills as well as strong accounting skills.

In Western Australia temporary Accountants with local council experience along with strong budgeting, reporting and variance analysis skills are sought due to the imminent amalgamation of local governments.

The Federal Government in Canberra is primarily contract driven due to restrictions on permanent recruitment and we expect this to continue through to the next budget cycle.
 

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