Policy Officers – In an effort to scale up staffing levels, and with the outcome of the federal election determined, the demand for experienced Policy Officers has increased to deliver key election promises. We are finding that it is no longer enough for candidates to have Government experience - subject matter expertise is highly preferred as the candidate is more able to quickly understand the context of a particular policy area.
We are also seeing demand for Policy Officers from the private sector, particularly for those with more than three years experience in policy.
Corporate Strategy – The LNP Government have announced significant changes to the previous departmental structures, therefore machinery of government changes will occur well into the new year in order to settle new corporate arrangements. Corporate strategy professionals will be needed to assist in the development of new organisational frameworks, corporate governance agendas, performance guidelines and strategic plans.
Data Analysts – In the last year we have seen an amplified requirement for Data Analysts and Economists in order provide evidence and verification for new policy direction as well as substantiate changes to existing initiatives.
These professionals are expected to have strong technical skills in statistical and reporting software such as Excel. They are also required to have the ability to display information in a clear and indicative format, and compose plain English briefs that highlight the narrative behind the data.
Regulatory Analysts – These Analysts are sought by the utilities sector for economic modelling. But finding candidates with this niche skill set is challenging and demand for their expertise is strong.
Project Managers – Project Management skills are always in high demand, especially after the election which has caused significant changes to departmental structures and policy direction. These professionals are expected to drive the delivery for new projects through effective management of the whole project cycle. We are also seeing demand for health-orientated Program Managers, particularly in the field of family planning.
Tender Writers – These skills are sought in the public sector due to an increase in projects/tenders.
Project Officers – Demand exists for skilled entry-level Project Officers, predominantly within healthcare.
In the final few weeks of last quarter the caretaker period for government impacted the job market as a lot of uncertainty surrounded future policy. The newly elected government is now in a position to know where its budgets lie.
New government disability legislation is creating jobs in the area of quality and compliance. We have been approached to provide candidates with up-to-date knowledge of the legislation to ensure organisations’ current policy/procedures are compliant.
In the private sector permanent staff is favoured over temporary. In the government sector managers are trying to casualise the workforce as much as possible due to political agendas and cost restrictions.