Permanent vacancy activity is very high at present in many states, especially New South Wales, while the number of temporary roles is consistent with previous months.
In Western Australia employers prefer to recruit contractors given the project nature of a lot of current work as well as budget requirements. The situation is similar in South Australia given project needs in environmental policy at present. We are however seeing a strong conversion from temporary to permanent once a candidate proves themselves and once project lifecycles become more certain.
Skills in demand
In terms of skills in demand for the October to December 2015 quarter, we’re seeing high demand for PMO Consultants and Coordinators since there is a greater focus on compliance and quality assurance.
Compliance Officers and Managers are sought, especially within health due to an increased focus on service delivery, quality assurance and compliance.
Funding Assessors are also in high demand at this time of year as federal level funding opportunities are available and therefore applications need to be considered and responded to.
Senior Policy Officers are required to review and write policy based on Ministerial requirements. In addition, more roles now require a high level of regulatory experience. Employers look for candidates who are keen to move into the policy sector. In addition, certain clusters require specific backgrounds. For example, Justice in particular requires candidates with a legal background.
Project Managers are also required to strategically review processes and recommend improvements in order to positively impact efficiencies.
Project Officers with environmental assessment experience are in high demand in South Australia due to State and Commonwealth funding to allow continued focus on the River Murray.
Economists are needed in areas going through a permanent recruitment process and this in turn has an impact on other central clusters.
In terms of candidate trends, jobseekers now have more roles to consider and therefore they can choose which role they prefer. They look closely at job security, and are turning down short-term contracts in favour of waiting for a role that will take them into the New Year.
More candidates are willing to relocate and will consider options in alternative locations.