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Policy & Strategy

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Business Analysts – As organisations and departments continue to seek more efficient ways of operating we are seeing an increased requirement for Project Managers with business process improvement experience. Candidates with experience scoping current operations, researching new operating models and bedding down new business processes through mapping and documentation are highly sought.

Data Analysts – These professionals are required to aid policy decisions by providing numerical evidence to management. Data Analysts with strong statistical skills who can use packages such as SPSS, SAS and R are sought. Candidates are also required to have advanced Excel skills. These skills enable Analysts to tell a story with the data, translating it into meaningful information such as graphs, charts, presentations and reports.

Economists – Economists with experience in economic modelling, forecasting and funding are sought. Like Analysts these candidates will be highly proficient with Excel and often other statistical packages. Recently demand for Regulatory Economists has increased, especially within pricing and cost recovery.

Project Managers – Recent changes in government policy have meant regulators now have to reform how they monitor industries. As a result demand for Project Managers with experience in regulatory reform and corporate strategy is increasing.

Senior Policy Officers – We have seen a sustained level of high demand for Senior Policy Officers. However, the upcoming state election in Victoria will likely mean that there will be a hiring freeze for temporary recruitment in that state.

Trends

Victoria's upcoming state election will impact recruitment in the coming quarter in the state. State government recruitment is likely to go on hold prior to the election which will mean a significant reduction in temporary roles.

Following a fairly quiet six months for federal government recruitment in Melbourne, we have started to see policy roles within this space pick up. Both temporary and permanent roles are coming to market which we expect to continue in to this coming quarter.

Due to reforms and change programs New South Wales is seeing continued demand within human services, including child protection and homelessness.

 

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