Executive Assistants – These professionals are in high demand across the public sector, particularly at the APS 4/5 level and with federal government security clearances. Employers are also looking for EAs with specific systems skills including TRIM, SAP and Slipstream as well as experience supporting senior levels of management within government. EAs with MIBS (ministerial briefings data base) are also sought as the correspondence officer role is being phased out and duties are being placed into the EA’s job responsibilities. MIBS experience is increasingly a prerequisite for EA to Executive Director roles.
Senior Administrators with EA experience – Public sector employers have high demand for EAs with added project skills. We are also seeing a need for senior level EAs with state government experience for short-term cover resulting from restructures.
Administrators with financial/accounts packages – Smaller departments have smaller headcounts and budgets and therefore seek multi-skilled candidates who can fulfil both accounts and administration duties.
TRIM Administrators – Given department mergers over the last few months, large numbers of documents need to be entered into a TRIM based database.
Records Officers – The release of new financial year budgets last quarter have enabled employers to recruit the required skills to work through project backlogs. As a result, demand exists for Records Officers as well as ministerial officer positions.
Project Officers – We are seeing high demand for Project Officers with both private and public sector experience to work within construction or infrastructure teams.
Business Support Officers – Public sector employers seek experienced Business Support Officers with a comprehensive understanding of public sector processes and procedures.
High-speed Data Entry Operators – The reporting period for many government departments has led to an increase in demand for high-speed Data Entry Operators. This is likely to last until the end of November. Access, TRIM and Excel are the key packages utilised.
There has been an increase in public sector roles. Following redundancies last year employers are now receiving approval to hire temporary staff when needed. These roles are mainly at the business support officer level.
Now that the federal election is over, we expect more roles will start to be released.
Most contracts are for three months or longer with a view for permanency, however there is also a high requirement for candidates who can start immediately. In addition, the need for candidates with a security clearance means the pool of candidates who can commence immediately in a temporary assignment is further reduced.