In Victoria, areas of particularly high demand within the State Government include education and energy. As a result, the number of available candidates has decreased markedly creating the need for employers to move very quickly when they find a suitable person for their role.
The highest level of demand has been at the Senior Project/Policy level, which accounted for more than half of the recruitment in Victoria last quarter.
In New South Wales we are seeing an increase in the need for contingent and contract staff across the State Government matched to permanent roles that are taking long periods to recruit for.
We are also seeing more opportunities at a Federal Government level, as there is a need for more client engagement in Sydney now that the recruitment freeze has been lifted.
NSW State Government continues to increase spending across all clusters - Transport NSW Health, Department of Justice and Family & Community Services in particular.
Meanwhile, Local Government is in the midst of change and the impact of council amalgamations on recruitment will soon become clear. Jobs are protected for three years but this change will mean an increase in the need for contractors.
In the NFP space the NDIS scheme is a major focus influencing recruitment. NFPs need to ensure the necessary reporting systems and other processes are in place to support changes in funding and service arrangements to those living with disability.
We are also seeing more permanent vacancies arise in lobby groups and associations in regional NSW due to the need for greater engagement with local Members of Parliament at a state and federal level.
Skills in demand
In terms of the January to March quarter Senior Policy Officers are in demand, particularly those with experience in energy efficiency, vocational education, social welfare policy and regulatory policy.
Stakeholder engagement skills are very much needed to help identify new clients and develop relationships for future policy advice.
In the research area, we are seeing demand for Qualitative Analysts, Economists and Data Analysts with SAS, STATA or SPSS software experience.
Candidates experienced in advocacy are needed for roles with lobby groups and peak industry bodies to help them engage more at a local level with members of parliament and others.
With a Federal election to take place this year and the ACT due to go to the polls in October, we are seeing rising demand for Policy Development professionals and Data Analysts.
Candidates with experience in disability and aged care are in high demand to work on NDIS projects. The new funding arrangements will be fully online by 2018 but projects are already taking place across the country.
Policy and strategy professionals are beginning to realise that we are in a candidate short market and that they have job options. Not surprisingly rates are gradually increasing.
We are also seeing more detailed CVs being created by candidates wanting to showcase their skills and experience.