Policy Officers –There continues to be high demand for Senior Policy Officers, however, the hiring freeze for temporary recruitment in certain states remains. Candidates require specific experience in healthcare, grant/funding and business improvement.
Data Analysts – Data Analysts with strong statistical skills who can use packages such as SPSS, SAS and R are sought to aid policy decisions by providing numerical evidence to management. Candidates are also required to have advanced Excel skills.
Project Managers – Demand for Project Managers with experience in regulatory reform and corporate strategy is increasing due to recent changes in government policy. We are seeing specific demand for candidates with healthcare experience who are willing to work on shorter-term contracts due to funding restrictions.
Correspondence Officers - Employers require candidates with executive assistant skills along with ministerial experience within state government.
Business Analysts – Candidates with business process improvement experience are sought after. Those Analysts with experience scoping current operations, researching new operating models and bedding down new business processes through mapping and documentation are in particular demand.
Temporary and fixed-term contracts will continue to be used in the federal government sector as the primary method of recruitment while freezes on permanent recruitment remain in place.
In New South Wales jobs are being created as the State Government undertakes GSE (government sector employment) reform. This means that existing staff have to re-apply for their roles, starting with Directors before filtering down through the grades throughout 2015. As agencies realise they don't have the skill sets required, there will be an increase in the number of contract/contingent roles being created.
In South Australia the delay in the release of the state budget is having an impact on policy roles. Employers are reluctant to hire due to uncertainty about budgets for projects.
The Canberra region experienced very strong recruitment activity in the last quarter driven predominately by the Federal Government demand for contract staff. The type of skills required have been varied, however with the devolvement of government salary levels the demand has been for lower level to mid management staff on salaries between $70-100,000.
We have seen an increase in demand from defence contractors and consultancies seeking experienced Project Managers with knowledge of the defence sector.