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Human Resources

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Human Resources Managers – A large number of Human Resources Managers are looking for their next challenge following a recent lack of movement in this area. This natural turnover is fuelling vacancy activity and a need to replace departing staff. However employers find it difficult to identify candidates with relevant industry experience who are also the right fit.

Injury Management professionals – There is high demand for experienced candidates with Allied Health recognised qualifications. The challenging nature of the work often means that professionals in this area will move into either WHS or Healthcare roles after a few years.

Work Health and Safety Specialists – There is a current need for WHS specialists who have corporate white collar exposure. These professionals are required to engage a number of approaches and utilise best practice methodologies while using new tools to achieve not just compliance but excellence.

HR Advisors/HR Business Partners – We are also seeing a need for senior HR Advisors with an emphasis on employee relations and performance management skills. Demand is particularly high in the healthcare, retail and manufacturing industries. Vacancies are on offer in both new organisations or in companies that have not had any internal HR support. These organisations also require HR Business Partners.

Instructional Designers – Many companies are focusing on learning and development and this requires strong Instructional Designers to create training programs. Candidates who have worked in large, complex organisations creating user friendly induction manuals and learning materials are highly sought.

Start up HR Managers and SME HR generalists – More SMEs are identifying the value of HR for commercial and cultural reasons and are now expanding. These companies need start up HR Managers to support business growth.

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. The need to engage current employees and retain them is as strong as ever.

Change Managers – These candidates are sought to assist with transformation projects, particularly in global businesses. Also, 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.

FIFO HR Managers – Western Australia is seeing high demand for candidates to work 26:9 rosters. But uncompetitive packages for such rosters result in a lack of candidates willing to fill these roles.

Trends

Employers are recruiting permanently, which demonstrates confidence in the HR market. We are seeing a lot more permanent roles as well as fixed-term contract roles, but candidate levels remain the same.

Experienced public sector HR professionals who have designed, developed and written HR policies and procedures are in demand. In Victoria many public sector organisations have gone through mergers or restructures and as a result have had to review their internal policies and procedures to ensure they are robust.

The Victorian State Government will continue to align new team structures throughout the fourth quarter of the year. In addition to newly created HR Admin Support roles, this will bring opportunities for HR project consultants, Organisational Change specialists, experienced public sector and state government HR Managers and ER managers.

We are also noticing an increased need for L&D practitioners to design, develop and facilitate online and classroom based training. Many state government departments and public sector organisations are committed to ensuring that their employees are provided with the most current and up-to-date customer service and leadership training as well as imbedding culture and change awareness programs.

The HR candidate market will continue to be competitive for the next quarter. With this brings hiring complexities and the need for candidates to be realistic in their expectations.
 

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