HR Advisors/HR Business Partners – Vacancies are on offer in both new organisations or in companies that have not had any internal HR support. We are also seeing a need for senior HR Advisors with an emphasis on employee relations and performance management skills.
Learning & Development Managers – Demand for L&D and e-learning experts is strong as there are many new HR strategies, training programs and projects being rolled out this year. L&D and Sales Trainers are in particularly high demand in the pharmaceutical sector, but in Australia there is a shortage of suitable candidates. Further adding to demand is the need to engage current employees and retain them in a recovering market, which is definitely a feature of every HR plan.
Change Managers – The introduction of new policies, legislation and programs has fuelled demand for experienced Change Managers to ensure there is a positive impact on a company’s people and culture.
Industrial Relations Advisors - Many EBAs are up for negotiation, which is fuelling a need for Industrial Relations Advisors.
High calibre candidates are in demand at the HR Manager level but salaries are not necessarily reaching their expectations. Exposure to the Fair Work Act and local employment legislation is also valued.
While most vacancies are the result of natural turnover, some businesses are growing and looking for more specialised HR expertise. But candidate levels have decreased.
The trend of decreasing candidate levels is also evident in the public sector. The flexibility to transition within the public sector has reduced and State Governments are less willing to release candidates for short-term contracts.
Temporary assignments are the focus in Canberra’s public sector jobs market, given the continuing commitment by the Government to reduce fulltime employment.