The second quarter of 2016 offers little surprises in the education sector. The Early Years market continues to be candidate short at all levels. The demand for degree qualified early years staff, both permanent and temporary, is unfaltering.
This severe shortage ensures permanent vacancy rates for diploma and ECT qualified educators remain high. We will also see a large increase compared to last quarter in the demand for temporary childcare workers with their certificate 3 or diploma as the inclement weather of autumn and winter takes effect.
Employers continue to look for casual childcare workers who are able to show initiative, have excellent communication skills, and a good understanding of the reporting and observation requirements in a childcare centre.
The schools sector remains stable and with the busy start to the year now behind us we expect to see a balance of contract positions (maternity and long service leave), and a smaller flow of permanent roles.
This time of year we typically see a rise in senior level vacancies, such as Principal, Deputy and Director, however while candidate interest in such roles has increased the market at this level is slower – so far – compared to previous years.
The Vocational Education and Training sector was stable in quarter one as colleges came to terms with changes in registration requirements, particularly online learning and VET FEE HELP. In the coming months we expect increased vacancy activity thanks to greater enrolments as the year gets underway as well as growing compliance requirements related to the online VET FEE HELP system. This will create compliance and policy, leadership and contract trainer roles.
As RTO’s and education providers stabilise their program offerings, we expect to see an increase in contract and permanent Trainer and Assessor roles, particularly for online and blended learning courses where the registration requirements have tightened.
At the senior level, roles focused on student engagement and course completion of online and blended course programs will continue to be integral. These candidates will remain in high demand over the quarter.
Across quarter one we saw indicators of growing interest in the private higher education market. This growth will create strategic and project leadership roles in RTO colleges and new education providers looking to enter the HEP market.
Skills in demand
In terms of the skills in demand for the April to June quarter, Trainers and Assessors in the vocational space are needed, particularly those with experience with blended and online learning programs.
Educational Leadership professionals are in high demand across all educational sectors.
Student Engagement Managers are also in solid demand as competition amongst providers intensifies.
Secondary Schools have need of Teachers on a temporary/contract basis, particularly in technical subjects, mathematics and sciences.
Diploma and ECT qualified educators are in high demand in the Early Years sector, as are childcare workers with their certificate 3 or diploma to fill temporary sick leave positions.
Given the competitive market, candidates are turning to recruiters for information about a potential employer to give them confidence that their next career move is a safe one.
This is particularly evident in the vocational sector where there has been quite a bit of volatility in the market. Within the schools sector, some teachers now also prefer to use an agency to ensure they're not missing out on opportunities. Candidates also welcome the agency approach as it gives them more feedback about their applications – a common complaint about direct applications is the lack of constructive feedback.