Financial Accountants – There is always a need for strong Financial Accountants with specific government and not-for-profit experience. We have seen an increase in demand for candidates with particular systems skills. Financial accountants who have delivered government year-end statements are particularly sought after.
Project Management Accountants – With increased pressure on cost saving and headcount we have seen greater demand for contract Management Accountants for specific projects.
Management Accountants – These professionals perform meaningful analysis and commentary, whilst assisting with budgets and forecast comparisons. Management Accountants who have delivered portfolio budget statements are in particular demand.
Systems Accountants – There is a shortage of Systems Accountants with a mix of finance and IT skills. These specialists are sought for contract positions during a system implementation or upgrade.
Business Analysts – Analysts are needed to assist with building and enhancing financial and business models to improve future operations and determine clearer strategies based on scenarios.
Senior Finance Officers – Candidates are sought to assist with complex bank reconciliations, reporting and analysis.
Auditors – Auditors are always in demand and those who have experience in auditing not-for-profit organisations are particularly sought after. Organisations are now looking at Auditors to move straight into a financial accounting or compliance role, although this is usually on a contact assignment.
Payrollers – Skilled Payrollers are in demand as organisations are implementing more streamlined processes which require expertise in particular areas of payroll. There is a constant demand for these professionals as few people are being cross skilled to learn payroll functions.
We are starting to see an increase in temporary and permanent vacancies across the public sector. While the Federal Government is only recruiting for essential positions, the roles mentioned above are all critical to departmental operation.
In addition, the majority of employers in the public sector are looking to improve their internal reporting functions so they can better understand all aspects of their operations. This has resulted in an increased number of systems accounting roles as they seek to improve their reporting systems.
Employers are building better internal relationships with non-financial Commercial Managers. CFOs are looking for Financial Analysts to partner with these Commercial Managers to support them in the preparation of their management reporting and the control of budgets.
As the majority of State Government agencies have rolled out shared services there has been an increase in demand for IT experts and accounting experts to assist with the migration to new accounting systems.
There has been a strong emphasis on systems skills across the not-for-profit, public as well as commercial sectors and this is proving to be a benefit for some contractors, but detrimental to others.
In local trends, South Australia is in a holding pattern as it awaits the State Government election in March, and they are utilising fixed-term contractors and temporaries.