We are seeing significant growth in the home care not-for-profit sector following changes to home care packages that are generating more competition in the industry. This is set to continue as the sector grows and we expect to see more new jobs generated with the roll out of new changes to the national disability insurance scheme.
The changes from Medicare locals to Primary Health Networks are causing uncertainty for providers of services as mergers take place and redundancies occur. However, this is expected to be short lived and we will see an increase in newly created roles later in the year as the Primary Health Networks start to offer new programmes and services.
Employers’ hiring intentions are, as always, very much dependent on funding models and we are seeing an increase in 12-month contract roles. Candidates with local experience are favoured in many community sectors. However, within social services employers are valuing overseas experience as they continue to adopt case management frameworks.
Remote positions in the Northern Territory continue to be hard to fill as employers are unable to provide relocation and accommodation due to housing shortages in places such as Alice Springs and Katherine. Employers are seeking highly experienced candidates who can adapt quickly to small teams and heavy workloads as they are unable to offer training to graduates or newly-qualified candidates.
In terms of skills in demand for the July to September 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for Clinical Co-ordinators as Allied Health or Nursing professionals are looking to take a step away from a hands-on roles. We expect to see increased demand in this area due to ongoing skill shortages.
Experienced Social Workers with strong child protection experience are always in demand. Those with case management experience are needed as more programmes move to a case management model.
Registered Nurses who are qualified in immunisation are in high demand due to the current flu season. Aged care facilities as well as private and public hospitals in Darwin are also seeking experienced nurses.
Many healthcare providers are currently seeking experienced registered Psychologists. The salaries range between $80-100,000 depending on experience. The Northern Territory attracts more graduates or candidates seeking higher salaries.
Experienced Physiotherapists are needed in remote regions of the Northern Territory. Some of the roles are remotely based or involve travel which isn't always suitable for candidates. The other roles are predominantly in the areas of workers’ compensation, which isn't always an environment candidates want to work in.
General Practitioners with Australian experience continue to be extremely difficult to attract to the Northern Territory. Remote vacancies are challenging to fill due to the location which can be off-putting for candidates with partners or families where other jobs are scarce.