Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:28

Focus on data expertise as IT sector job demand on the rise for 2019: report Featured

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Data scientists, data engineers and data analysts are in hot demand in Australia, topping the list of IT skills shortfalls for the first half of 2019, according to a new report on the jobs market.

The report, by recruitment firm Hays covering the period January to June 2019, finds that Digital Project Managers, Finance Business Partners and REVIT Technicians make the list of the top skill shortfalls for the first half of 2019.

According to Hays, Business Intelligence Analysis and Data Analysis professionals, particularly Data Scientists, Data Engineers and Data Analysts with experience in SQL, R or Python and data visualisation tools are sought to assist organisations in exploiting their data.

And the recruitment firm says that data scientists with big data experience in Hadoop are also widely desired, as organisations are seeking to problem solve and make more informed business decisions through better utilisation of their data.

On market trends, Hays notes that:

  • Vacancy activity will remain high across projects and business change during the first half of 2019. Projects and Business Change is a dynamic and progressive area with most private sector organisations investing in digitisation, process automation and technology upgrades. The banking, finance and insurance sectors will add to vacancy activity as a result of reforms and growth.
  • Agile maturity is improving. Organisations are opting for a more strategic approach with phased implementations of new delivery styles. This brings employees on the journey rather than requiring immediate adaption without notice to a new way of working.
  • Cost reduction is also a focus with Project Managers and Business Analysts sought across multiple projects to maximise output while keeping costs down. This trend is also reflected in outsourcing programs that offshore application support and testing.
  • In the public sector, Local and State Governments will maintain their high volume of vacancy activity as a result of legacy upgrades and transformation works.
  • Public sector employers continue to transform the way they deliver services to their internal and external customers. Microsoft Office 365 has been a major trend and is an increasingly in-demand skillset for Project Managers, Business Analyst and Change Managers.
  • These transformations are being accompanied by a transition to Agile working, with a variety of Agile methodologies adopted across the public sector. Experienced transformation specialists are sought to lead teams on these significant journeys.

And on demand in Digital Technology, Hays says that given vacancy activity, hotspots of skills in demand are emerging, including:

  • Full Stack .Net Developers and Full Stack Java Developers remain in high demand across start-ups, SMEs and large enterprise clients. The front end technologies associated with these roles are predominantly either React.js, Node.js or Angular.js.
  • Candidates with skills in JavaScript based technologies such as Node.js and React.js are in high demand with React Native especially growing even more popular as it offers high performance benefits.
  • DevOps Engineers from a development background are in high demand as a number of employers see the additional benefits that a strong coding background can offer an organisation.
  • Azure/AWS Developers will remain in high demand as organisations continue to transfer their data to the cloud. While more professionals are upskilling and gaining experience in this area, the number with proven commercial experience isn’t necessarily meeting market demands. While AWS and Azure are the most commonly used technologies, GCP (Google Cloud Platform) is slowly gaining popularity.
  • The need for niche technologies continues to been seen in the software market with the likes of Ruby and Go/Golang being in high demand with the former supporting legacy code and the latter replacing it.
  • UI and UX designers continue to be in demand however with the use of technologies ever-changing, the need for CX designers to design the overall (big picture) experience has become ever more prevalent.

Hays reveals the skills that are in greatest demand in 31 sectors and industries and also earmarks risk and compliance, civil construction and data analysis as core areas of demand until June 2019.

“Recruitment activity will remain buoyant during the first half of the year, especially for highly-skilled professionals who perform non-routine tasks that are not subject to automation,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand.

“With several major infrastructure projects underway or soon to commence across the country, the resurgence of the resources industry, technological transformations and a widening talent mismatch, the demand for skilled professionals is expected to rise even further over the coming six months.”

According to the full Hays Jobs Report covering all business and industry sectors, skills in demand for the six months ahead include:

  • Accountancy & Finance: Hands-on Finance Managers and Financial Controllers; Finance Business Partners; Senior Auditors and Insolvency professionals.
  • Architecture: REVIT Technicians; Landscape Designers; Interior Designers who can lead projects autonomously.
  • Banking: Operational Risk & Conduct Risk professionals; Credit Analysts and Credit Assessors who can drive a new culture and embed change; suitably qualified Advisers.
  • Construction: Civil Site Engineers, Project Engineers, Estimators and Project Managers; commercial Contract Administrators, Estimators, Site Managers; residential Site Supervisors, Project Managers and Estimators.
  • Contact Centres: Customer Service Agents with digital customer engagement experience; Team Leaders and Managers; Real Time Analysts and Workforce Planners.
  • Education: Early Childhood Teachers; OOSH Coordinators who can work split shifts; Teachers in technical subject areas.
  • Energy: Project Managers with experience managing large wind or solar construction projects; Schedulers and Planners; Electrical and Civil Project Engineers.
  • Engineering: Civil Engineers and Civil Drafters; Signalling Engineers; senior Structural Engineers who can hit the ground running and lead a team.
  • Facilities Management: Technical Project Managers; Technical Facilities Managers with multi-site portfolio experience; Facilities Managers with stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Healthcare: Child Protection Practitioners and Support/Access Workers; Psychologists in community services; Registered Nurses in aged care.
  • Human Resources: Commercially-minded and savvy HR Business Partners; HR Generalists; Talent Acquisition Specialists.
  • Insurance: Insurance Risk and Compliance specialists; Senior Life Insurance professionals with specialist experience in complex areas; Workers Compensation Case Managers.
  • Legal: Construction & Property Lawyers; Commercial Litigators; Lawyers with commercial contract experience.
  • Life Sciences: Clinical Research Associates; Regulatory Affairs professionals with Class III devices and new drug registration; Medical Science Liaisons.
  • Logistics: Transport Coordinators and Managers who cope well under pressure; Freight Forwarders; analytically sound Warehouse Managers and Supervisors.
  • Manufacturing & Operations: Field Service Technicians; Quality Assurance Managers and Coordinators; Engineering Managers, Maintenance Managers and Technicians.
  • Marketing & Digital: Digital Project Managers and Content Managers; Data Insight Managers and Analysts; Hybrid Marketing Managers with a blended skillset.
  • Office Support: Executive and Personal Assistants with a wide skill set; Administrators; Office Managers.
  • Oil & Gas: Maintenance professionals including Boilermakers, Welders and Fitters; exploration Geologists, Drillers and rig crews; Cost and Planning Engineers.
  • Policy & Strategy: Project Managers; Policy Officers and Senior Policy Officers who understand machinery of government; Reporting Analysts.
  • Procurement: Category Managers; Senior Procurement Managers with a strategic focus; end-to-end procurement specialists.
  • Projects & Business Change: Project Managers; technical Business Analysts; Project Coordinators.
  • Property: Client side Project Managers with fit-out experience; commercial and industrial Development and Project Managers; experienced Centre and Retail Managers.
  • Resources & Mining: Exploration Geologists and Field Assistants; maintenance professionals including Fitters, Boilermakers and Electricians; Mining Engineers.
  • Retail: Store Managers with experience implementing change; skilled Merchandise Planners; Merchandise Allocators with previous experience.
  • Sales: Business Development Managers; Sales Managers; Account Managers.
  • Trades & Labour: Formwork Carpenters for commercial and civil projects; Concreters for large commercial, residential and infrastructure projects; Advanced Riggers.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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