Demand is stronger than expected for people to fill key jobs in finance and tech in Australia at the start of 2018.
David Jones, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half, says the hottest jobs are those at the $100,000 to $150,000 a year level.
"Demand is certainly very strong, and stronger than we were anticipating," he told Business Insider.
"In Australia, you tend to see job demand significantly lower in January, particularly the first two to two and a half weeks, than it was in December when people are trying to get their jobs filled before the Christmas break.
"But this year, January is as good as December. That is unusual and positive."
The roles in demand include mid-level management and/or technically specialised positions.
In accounting, there's high demand for financial business analysts and those with governance experience. In technology, there's demand for cyber-security and compliance.
"There's still a huge push to make sure the companies have the right level of digitalised offering, if they're a product-producing or service-orientated," says Jones.
Recruiters Hay says commercial analysts, site managers, developers, executive assistants, change analysts and social workers are in demand.
The latest Hays Jobs Report, covering January to June 2018, points to a lot of job openings for cyber security and civil construction professionals as well.
“We start 2018 off the back of a strong, stable run of jobs growth where the labour market grew by over 383,000 positions in the past 12 months," says Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.
"Basically, more people are looking for and finding work."
According to the Hays Jobs Report, jobs in demand include:
- Commercial Analysts
- Data Analysts
- Digital Marketing Analysts
- Cyber Security specialists
- PHP, Drupal, Native iOS and Android and Microsoft SQL BI Developers
- Business Development Managers to drive growth
- HR Business Partners
- Executive Assistants with strong experience
- Change Analysts
- Policy Officers and Senior Policy Officers
- Procurement professionals with full experience around service contracts
- Property and Construction Lawyers
- Residential Property Manager.
- Project Managers, Site Managers and Contract Administrators for construction
Hays says the construction, professional services, healthcare and IT and Telecommunications industries are the ones to watch.
He also points to the need for non-routine workers.
“The rapid rise in robotics and automation will create highly-skilled roles that require people with particular knowledge and expertise in non-routine and non-repetitive tasks,” he says.