Data Analysts – Data Analysts are in high demand to aid policy decisions by providing operational management with numeric evidence. Data Analysts with strong statistical skills who can use packages such as SPSS, SAS and R are sought, while they must also possess advanced Excel skills. Analysts can tell a story by translating data into meaningful information and these skills are highly valued.
Economists – Candidates with experience in economic modelling and forecasting in addition to funding exposure are sought. Similarly to Analysts, candidates must be highly proficient in Excel and other statistical packages.
Project Managers – Employers are looking for Project Managers with experience in regulatory reform. Changes to government policy have seen regulators reform how they monitor their associated industries. Thus candidates with experience working on such projects are in high demand. In addition, demand has risen for Project Managers with experience in corporate strategy.
Within the government sector the increased trend towards temporary assignments continues. We are seeing a particular need for candidates with niche skills, such as Data Analysts with high level statistical and analytical skills, qualified Strategic Project Managers, policy professionals with particular subject matter expertise or experience in legislative and regulatory changes processes.
We are also seeing a focus on strategic planning across Government and NGO’s. Organisations are seeking professionals who can come on board and assist with corporate strategic planning.