Administrators – There is always strong demand for Administrators who can perform a multitude of functions including basic accounts.
Project Administrators – Administration staff with experience in supporting Project Managers and salary expectations of around $50,000 are in demand. Project Administrators who have the ability to complete complex document formatting are needed.
Cleared Admin and Support Staff – Many private sector organisations subcontract to the defence industry so candidates need to have active clearances. Most candidates with clearances are from the government and are not prepared to move, thus creating a shortage. Also, employers prefer a private sector background where possible.
Legal Executive Assistants – Experienced candidates who are not currently studying law are sought as companies don't want to lose their Legal Executive Assistants. These assistants are also in demand when companies don't have the capacity to progress them in the legal field.
Legal Secretaries – There is a shortage of Legal Secretaries with a specific background in family law, property or litigation. Adding to this shortage is the minimal movement of candidates at the senior level.
Site Administrators – We have noted an increase in demand for experienced Site Administrators who are capable of assisting Mobilisation Officers by creating and managing spreadsheets, taking minutes and performing ad hoc duties.
Document Controllers – Employers are looking for experienced Document Controllers but there is a shortage of local candidates available to work on oil & gas projects.
Property/Sales Administrators – These administrators are in demand due to the increasing importance of managing the sales coordination process. There is currently a lot of focus on winning new businesses and effectively maintaining existing relationships.
Corporate Receptionists – As the market continues to improve, businesses are recruiting for positions that were not previously considered vital. For those businesses with constant onsite visitors, a Receptionist who can make a good first impression is now considered important. But the shortage of high quality professional candidates who wish to remain within this role for more than one year continues. Corporate Receptionists within the salary bracket of $40,000 to $45,000 are always in hot demand and get snapped up quickly.
Executive Assistants – Executive Assistants who have the capability to support multiple Directors, Ministerial Officers, Administrators and Records Managers are in demand. Also, candidates who have worked in indigenous areas are sought after.
Many companies are using administration staff to fill roles that would normally require more senior experience. There has been an increase in candidates in the market and we are expecting job flow to increase this quarter as employers fill positions that have previously been empty.
Candidate levels have remained steady in the Northern Territory and there are indications that projects in the pipeline in the construction sector will have a positive impact on administrative recruitment in the coming months.
The energy sector is one to watch in Queensland with growth planned in the year ahead. Employers are putting a lot of jobs on hold at the moment and we are seeing a consolidation of multiple skill sets in single roles.
In Western Australia we are finding economic activity is starting to pick up again and are anticipating an improvement in employment this year. Projects such as Wheatstone and Roy Hill are ramping up and we expect contractors to increase their headcount.
In Canberra we are predicting that the New Year will bring an increased workload as the Government announces new policies, the Commission of Audit gets underway and parliament sits more regularly – in turn creating more activity in the jobs market.